Indoor Water Savings

A plumbing leak can cost you hundreds of dollars a year in wasted water. A simple toilet leak can use 50 extra gallons of water a day. Since many areas are concerned with water shortages, using some of these common sense tips can benefit us all.

  • Check your water meter before and after a 2-hour period when water hasn’t been run in your home. If the reading isn’t exactly the same, you’ve got a leak.
  • Place a few drops of food coloring into the toilet tank. If the color leaks into the bowl, replace the flapper.
  • Get those dripping faucets repaired. Usually it’s a simple matter of replacing worn washers.
  • Don’t use the toilet as a wastebasket or ashtray.
  • Install faucet aerators to slow the flow of water.

Practice these few tips and you’ll not only save water, you’ll save on your monthly water bill as well.


  1. I have replaced the flapper on the toilet, but I still have a water leakage. The water refills every ten minutes for about 30 seconds. The flapper seal is hard plastic, should I try a soft putty seal on top of the Plastic ?


  2. Dave, I think putty would cause more problems than you want. It might be a better idea to use a neoprene seal instead. However, it may be less of a headache to simply replace the inner workings of the toilet completely. FluidMaster makes a great kit and it’s not too difficult, even if you’re not a plumbing guru.

  3. I have a drip in my bathroom sink. I tried to turn off the water completely from underneath so I could replace the washers. The hot water keeps dripping. Is that indicative of a washer problem or something else?

    Thank you


  4. Virginia, if the water keeps dripping after you’ve shut off the water at the valve, it sounds like it is simply an obstruction between the washer and the line of flow. A lot of the time, small bits of debris will get into the lines. When you are replacing the washers, before re-assembling the faucet, very GENTLY open the water valve—not full force—to allow the water to flow and try to clean out the debris. If the water is dripping too much to even attempt replacing the washer, then shut it off at the street.

  5. My home plumbing has developed a “knock” when a faucet is turned off.

    I have tried bleeding the plumbing system by turning off water at the main and opening lowest and highest faucets. I then turned on water, opened (bled) all faucets and toilets. That help for a day or two then the noise returns. Help.


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