Monique O'Grady: Did you know that around 5% to 10% of homes in America have water leaks that drip-away at least 90 gallons per day. That's enough water to fill a standard bath tub to the brim.
But if just 5% of the homes that leak the most fix their leaks, there could be more than 177 billion gallons of water saved every year.
Often old fixtures like leaky toilets and faucets are to blame. But if these leaky homes use more efficient fixtures, like low flow toilets or aerators which have those little screw on tips at the end of a faucet, we'd save 30,000 gallons of water. And these are just some of the smaller leaks in your home.
To check for large home leaks you can do a simple whole house meter check. Start by turning all the water off inside and outside of your home. That includes automatic equipment like washing machines and dishwashers.
Next, record the reading on your water meter and then wait 15 minutes, do not use any water in your home during that time. Go back and check the meter again, if there is recorded water use, there could be a leak.
If you find there is a leak between your water meter and home in the water supply line, be sure to contact your water utility company and do not attempt to fix this problem yourself.
For the smaller leaks in faucets, showers, toilets and tubs you can buy new parts and replace them yourself or have a professional fix the leak. Those small fixes can stop the drips in your home and create drops in your water bills.