Why is my water usage so high?

Did you know that a leaking toilet (whether you can hear it or not) can use 200 gallons of water a day? That’s 6,000 gallons per month.  It is important to regularly check your plumbing for leaks including leaky faucets, toilets and outside taps. To check if you have a leak in your toilet, put food color in the tank and wait for approximately 20 minutes to see if it seeps into the bowl.

Generally water consumption is higher in the summer months because children are out of school, you are gardening or have guests over for backyard BBQs. Customers with water softeners have higher water bills due to the regeneration or backwash cycles their systems go through. The systems are preset to regenerate or backwash on a regular basis. There are times when these systems will get stuck in a cycle which will cause higher water use.

Another example, if you have a one gallon per minute leak over the course of one billing cycle that is 43,200 gallons and that is just the water used in the leak plus the water consumption you normally use during the month. If you suspect a leak, call our Water Department and request a leak assessment.  We will come out and check your meter for a leak. This is done at no cost to you. Call with any questions or concerns 801-782-8111.

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