1 CUBIC FOOT = 7.50 GALLONS OF WATER
A single dripping faucet can waste more water in a single day than one person needs for drinking in an entire week – Up to 20 or more gallons a day.
How to use your meter to check for leaks:
- Locate your water meter. It is usually found in a small concrete or plastic box near the street.
- If you need help locating the water meter contact the PUD.
- Turn off all water, including water using appliances in the home
- Remember to shut off all indoor and outdoor faucets
- Check and record the current meter reading
- Wait at least 15 minutes before checking your meter again.
- Remember; do not use any water while you are waiting!
- Read the water meter again. If the reading has changed, then you may have a leak that could require immediate attention
Tips for saving water outdoors
- Do not water when windy
- Watering should be done in the evening or early morning hours when evaporation is least likely to occur.
- Do not apply water more rapidly than the soil can absorb
- Make sure that your sprinkler system is working properly. Fix leaks, and adjust sprinkler heads to eliminate any over spray on driveways, paved areas or buildings.
- Use a broom to clean walkways and driveways instead of a hose.
- Clean gutters and downspouts manually instead of using a hose.
- When washing cars, use a hose with a shut-off nozzle along with a bucket of soapy water rather than letting the hose run.
Tips for saving water indoors
- Install water-efficient showerheads and/or take shorter showers
- Check toilets for leaks. Use food coloring or a leak detection tablet in the toilet tank. If color appears in the bowl without flushing, there is a leak that requires immediate attention.
- Do not let the bathroom sink faucet run while you are brushing your teeth or shaving.
- When washing clothes, use the proper water level, load size and water temperature.
- Consider installing a water efficient washing machine.
- Only run the dishwasher when it is full.
- Keep a bottle or pitcher of drinking water in the refrigerator. This eliminates letting the tap run while waiting for the water to get cold.