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Posted on: March 21, 2023

[ARCHIVED] Get Free Alerts to Help Identify Water Leaks at Home

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Get Free Alerts to Help Identify Water Leaks at Home

It’s a Fix-A-Leak week! League City wants residents to know how to identify costly water leaks in the home. On average, home leaks can waste nearly 10,000 gallons of water each year in just one household. Nationwide, this adds up to nearly 1 trillion gallons of wasted water. Learn how to identify leaks and save money on your water bill.

Sign up for the FREE water tracker

The water tracker provides monthly and daily usage data based on your personal water meter and allows you to set your own threshold of usage. When your water usage exceeds that threshold, an alert is emailed/texted to you. Alerts are programmed by the customer. Watch the video below to see how it works, with a little help from Captain H2O! Sign up for the water tracker here

Check toilets for leaks with dye tabs

Toilet leaks are one of the most common causes for higher-than-normal water usage. You can find toilet leaks by placing a dye tab in the water tank and letting it sit for at least 20 minutes. You can pick up free dye tabs at Helen Hall Library or City Hall. You can also use food coloring dye. Watch the video below to learn how they work.

Check faucets and shower heads for leaks

A faucet that drips once per second wastes more than 3,000 gallons of water per year and a shower head that drips 10 times per minute wastes 500 gallons of water per year. If you have a dripping faucet or shower head, use the Drip Calculator to estimate your water loss. Learn how to fix leaky faucets and shower heads here.

Find and fix outdoor leaks

Outdoor leaks can include failures in irrigation systems and pools. Watch the video below for tips on finding sprinkler system leaks. Watch the video here for tips on finding pool leaks. Garden hoses are also common outdoor leak sites. Check for leaks where the hose connects to the spigot. If it leaks when you turn on the hose, replace the nylon or rubber hose washer and create a tight seal using pipe tape and a wrench.

Submit a leak adjustment

If you identify a leak in your home, you may qualify for a leak adjustment on your water bill. You can fill out the leak adjustment request form here. Remember, signing up for the free water tracker will provide you with alerts to unusual water consumption activity that could identify a leak in your home.

Get more information

For more information on all things related to household leaks, check out the EPA's Fix-A-Leak website here.

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