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Let’s Talk Toilet

By Jaymee Cuti

The most common place to find a water leak in a home or business is the toilet.  While it might seem like a minor problem, toilets can waste lots of water over time, affecting the environment and your pocketbook.

It’s a good idea to check your toilet for leaks a few times a year. To check for leaks, add 10 drops of food coloring inside your toilet tank and wait 10 minutes. If the dye color shows up in your toilet bowl, you have a leak. Watch a short video on how to check for leaks -

Leaks can often be fixed by do-it-yourselfers using inexpensive replacement parts. Check out this short video on how to repair a leaky toilet from our partners at the Regional Water Providers Consortium:

Consider replacing older or leaking toilets, which can use up to four times more water per flush. The Portland Water Bureau currently offers a $50 rebate for replacing an old toilet or urinal with a high-efficiency model. Commercial, residential and multifamily properties are eligible.  The old toilet or urinal MUST be recycled at an approved recycling center. For complete rebate details visit:


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