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Small household leaks left un-repaired can lead to a large water bill over time.

For example a -Running Toilet-

which sometimes cannot be heard by the human ear could leak as little as 1,440 gallons per day and could possibly leak as much as 8,000 gallons per day. This could add up to over 250,000 gallons of water over a 30 day period.

Another example might be a -Running Garden Hose- which could leak about 17,000 gallons per day. This would add up to over 500,000 gallons of water used over a 30 day period.

Leak Detection

Some common ways to pinpoint a leak are:

       1.Put Food Coloring or Dye in the back of your commode and see if that particular color comes through to the bowl in two to four hours. If it does this tells you the commode is leaking.

       2.If you have a main shutoff valve on your line coming into your house you could call Central Hampshire PSD and setup an appointment with a technician to help you determine if the leak is under ground or in the house.


Central Hampshire PSD assumes NO Responsibility for personal injury incurred from the illegal entry into the water meter well or from the wrong installation of the lid back to its original location.

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