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Public Utilities

Checking for Water Leaks on Your Property

Leaking faucetOnce you know how to read your water meter, it's time to put that knowledge to work for you.

Finding and repairing water leaks on your property can save water.

For leak detection: 

  • Turn off all faucets and water-using appliances so that no water is being used anywhere in the house.
  • Then check the position of the meter dial and wait. If after 30 minutes, the dials haven't moved, you have a relatively water-tight home.
  • If the dial has moved, check hose connections, faucets, toilets and appliances with water lines such as dishwashers, washing machines, water heaters and refrigerators.
  • If you have everything turned off and are sure the toilets and connections aren't leaking, and yet the dial is still turning, you may have a concealed leak in an underground pipe. If you believe this is the case, you may need to call a plumbing professional for leak detection services.
  • If your water meter box is consistently saturated with standing water it’s possible you have a leak at your water meter.