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Posted on: March 14, 2022

Fix Leaks Around Your Home

Leaks are often the cause of high water bills. The US EPA’s annual Fix a Leak Week, March 14-20, 2022, is a great reminder of how important it is to check for leaks around your home. According to the US EPA, the average household's leaks can account for nearly 10,000 gallons of water wasted every year and 10% of homes have leaks that waste 90 gallons or more per day. Do you know if your home has a leak? Check out our tips to help you find and fix leaks.

  1. Monitor your Water Use 24/7 – We partnered with Flume Water to bring exclusive savings on the Flume 2 Smart Home Water Monitor to customers who receive a water bill directly from Contra Costa Water District! Flume Device

    What can you do with a Flume device?
    • Monitor your indoor and outdoor water use anytime from anywhere
    • Detect leaks and get notifications in real time
    • Reduce your water bills with monthly budgets

      Visit flumewater.com/ccwater to participate.
  2. Check for Leaks Using Your Water Meter – Water meters are the primary tool we use to keep track of how much water customers use. For customers, this also is a tool to help you monitor your own use and check for water leaks. Learn how to read your water meter and check it’s low flow indicator to identify possible leaks.
     
  3. Use the Leak Resolution Guide – Set up high use and leak alerts to be notified when your water use is higher than normal. Find and fix leaks with this easy to use, interactive guide that is available to CCWD treated water customers through My Water Report.WaterSmart Leak Resolution Guide

  4. Test Toilets for Leaks – Toilet leaks can silently waste hundreds of gallons of water per day. Take 10 minutes to check toilets for silent leaks by placing a few drops of food coloring into the tank. If colored water appears in the bowl after a few minutes, you have a leak and repairs should be made. Watch our video about how to test your toilets for leaks.

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