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Nick Fish

Commissioner, City of Portland

phone: 503-823-3589

fax: 503-823-3596

1221 S.W. 4th, Room 240, Portland, OR 97204

Tackle your toilet!

This weekend is the Superbowl.  And, while many eyes will be glued to TVs, there is one unexpected bowl you should definitely keep your eye on: your toilet bowl. 

The toilet is the most common place to find a leak in a home or business.  While a seemingly minor issue, toilets can waste a lot of water – and a lot of your money.

Luckily, checking for toilet leaks is easy! The Portland Water Bureau recommends using these ‘Three Rs’ to tackle your toilet and save money:

Remember to check your toilet for leaks twice a year.  Add 10 drops of food coloring inside your toilet tank and wait 10 minutes.  If the dye color shows up in your toilet bowl, there’s a leak.

Repair your leaks! Check out the Regional Water Providers Consortium’s short video on how to repair a leaky toilet.

Replace older toilets with a WaterSense high-efficiency one.  Older toilets can use up to four times more water per flush.  The Portland Water Bureau offers a $50 rebate for replacing an old toilet with a high-efficiency one. For complete details, visit: www.portlandoregon.gov/water/rebate

Get tackling! For more information, check out the Portland Water Bureau’s website.