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Water Loss

The list below shows that even leaks that are thought to be "normal," can waste thousands of gallons of fresh water every month.  If left undetected, these leaks can increase your water bill.  Toilet related plumbing problems have in some instances, caused water bills to be over $1,000.  If you have experienced an abnormal increase in your water bill, chances are that one of these incidents may be your problem. 


 

Common Leaks
Use GPM Gallons Per Month
Dripping Faucet 1/4 GPM 10,800
Leaking Toliet 1/2 GPM 21,600
Drip Irrigation 1 GPM 43,200
Watering Garden (2 Hours) 7.5 GPM 27,000
   
Broken Service Line    
1 Night 15 GPM 8,100
1 Day 15 GPM 21,600
1 Week 15 GPM 151,200
1 Month 15 GPM 648,000
Stuck Ice maker 2 GPM 86,400
Stuck Valve in Washing Machine (30 Min) 8 GPM 240
Stuck Float in Toilet 5 GPM 216,000


GPM = Gallons per minute
                                                     

Typical Water Usages
1 Bath 42 Gallons
30 Baths 1,260 Gallons
1 Shower 17 Gallons
30 Showers 510 Gallons
Wash 1 load of clothes 45 Gallons
Wash 20 loads 900 Gallons
Flush Toilet 3 Gallons
15 Flushes per day   900 Gallons per month