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Easy Ways to Save Water Indoors
Stop Leaks. A small leak can waste as much as 170 gallons of water in 24 hours, and much more if the leaks are larger.
Often, the problem can be easily solved by replacing the faucet washers.
Use Full Loads in Dishwashers and Clothes Washing Machines.
Replace Water-Guzzling Toilets With Low-Flush Models.
Replace Showerheads With Low-flow Alternatives.
New showerheads provide a strong spray while saving water - and the energy needed to heat the water.

How to Check for Leaks
Leaks are wasters of both water and money. You may have a leak inside or outside your home or business without even knowing it. A small leak can waste hundreds of gallons of water each month. Check toilets, pipes, hoses, faucets, and connections both  indoors and outdoors at least once a year. Following are tips to help you determine if you have a leak.
Checking Your Water Meter for leaks
Your water meter is usually located wherever the water line enters your property.

  • Turn off all of the water inside and outside.

  • Look for the red needle on the meter and note where it's pointed. (If you don't see a red needle, you probably have a different type  of meter. Contact your local water provider for assistance.)

  • Wait 10 minutes or more and look at the red needle again.

  • If it has moved and you can't account for the difference by a humidifier, toilet flush, ice-cube maker, or other use, you probably have a leak.


Checking Your Toilet for leaks
The most common source of leaks is the toilet, so check here first for the leak by following these easy steps:

  • Drop some food coloring or dye tablets in the toilet tank.

  • Don't flush for 15 minutes.

  • If you see color in the bowl, you probably have a leak, which will require further investigation.


How To Replace a Worn Toilet Flapper
Most toilet leaks are either at the overflow pipe or the flapper valve. If you're a do-it-yourselfer, you can probably
handle the job by following the steps below. Otherwise, call a plumber.

To replace a toilet flapper, just follow these easy steps for most common types of flappers:
1. Turn off the water to the toilet.
2. Flush the toilet several times.
3. Remove the flapper from its side hooks on the overflow tube.
4. Remove the chain.
5. Install the new flapper, connecting it to the side hooks and     chain.
6. Turn the water to the toilet back on.


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