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Portland Water Bureau

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3 Ways to Make Every Drop Count

Did you gnome that the average American household wastes more than 10,000 gallons of water each year in fixable leaks? That equals 270 loads of laundry! We are all familiar with the nuisance of a kitchen faucet dripping late at night, but other leaks may not be as obvious. Some take investigation to find, but are well worth your sleuthing efforts. By fixing a leak yourself, you can save money by reducing your household water and sewer costs!

Here are a few places to check for water leaks:

  • Toilets: Lift the lid off the toilet tank and squeeze in a drop of food coloring. Wait 15 minutes. Don’t flush. If any color shows up in the bowl, you have a leak.
  • Faucets: A leaky faucet that drips at the rate of one drip per second can waste more than 3,000 gallons a year! Replace old and worn out faucet pieces like washers and o-rings to stop a leaky faucet. To save more water without a noticeable difference in flow, twist on a water-efficient kitchen or bathroom faucet aerator.
  • Fixtures: If it’s time to replace a toilet, faucet, or showerhead, look for models labeled with the WaterSense logo. WaterSense fixtures are independently certified to use 20 percent less water and perform as well as (or better than) standard models.

Toilet leak detection tablets, bathroom and kitchen faucet aerators, and high-efficiency showerheads are available to Portland Water Bureau customers for free. The Portland Water Bureau also offers rebates for WaterSense-labeled toilets and irrigation controllers.