Do You Have a Water Leak? Check Your Home and Nip That Drip!

Drip…drip…drip in the kitchen, bathroom, or both – a familiar sound you’ve likely heard at one point or another.  The common household shown in the video below is one drip per second and wastes more than 3,000 gallons per year; which equals the same amount of water as 6 months of daily showers!  And leaks can be common – 10% of water customers lose 90 gallons of water a day due to easy to fix faucet and toilet leaks.  Is your household part of this statistic?

Do you recognize this?

Dripping Faucets – These kitchen and bath faucets are dripping at a rate of one drip per second.

During March, and specifically during Fix A Leak Week (March 16-22), CAW encourages customers to Nip that Drip by checking and repairing common leaks found in homes and businesses.  For every Central Arkansas household affected by indoor and outdoor leaks, costs can be substantial.  The good news is there are easy Do It Yourself repairs that can immediately start saying you money; which, can add up to reducing your water bill around 10%.

Do you have a leak?

  1. Check your winter consumption (water use November – February).  If a family of 4 uses more than 12,000 gallons per month, you may have a leak.
  2. Your water meter is one of the best leak detectors in the home! Locate your water meter and write down the reading. Make sure water isn’t being used in the household or business (running a dishwasher, washing clothes, automatic ice makers, etc.) After two hours, read your meter again. If the meter doesn’t read exactly the same, you may have a leak. For small leaks, you can simply look at the meter and if the small, red leak indicator hand (or triangle) is spinning, then you may have a leak.

    How to read your Water Meter

  3. Check for toilet leaks. A simple way to detect a toilet leak is to place a drop of food coloring in the toilet tank, if coloring shows up in the toilet bowl within 15 minutes without flushing then you have a leak. Make sure to flush when you’re done with the test so that you don’t stain your toilet.

Leak Detection Techniques

Leak Detection Technique – No Leak Detected!

Leak Detection Technique – You Have a Leak!


You have a leak.  Now what?

If you’ve discovered a leak in your home or business, CAW is here to help.  During the week of March 16 – 22, we’re hosting Fix a Leak Week.  We will be giving away FREE items to assist with detecting leaks, and retrofitting existing fixtures with low-flow showerheads and faucet aerators.  If you’ve checked for leaks, repaired loose/broken fixtures, and still have questions about high water use, you may contact CAW Customer Service at 501.372.5161 to request a request a home evaluation with a CAW representative.

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