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Leaks

Studies show that leaking faucets and toilets account for as much as 14 percent of indoor water use, wasting up to 170 gallons of water each day. Follow these simple steps to make sure leaks are not wasting your valuable water.

  • Check all water connections for leaks. To check for toilet leaks, put a few drops of dye in the tank, and wait about 15 minutes without flushing. If the dye shows up in the bowl, your fixture needs adjustment or repair. Leaky toilets can usually be repaired inexpensively by replacing the flapper.
  • Check for leaks in the underground pipe by turning off all faucets. Then look at your water meter. If it’s running, you probably have a leak.
  • Does your sink, bathtub or kitchen faucet have a slow drip? These can usually be repaired by replacing the washer inside, the valve or rubber O-ring.
  • Want to see how much water is wasted with a leak? Use this drip calculator.

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Report Water Waste

Fort Worth has year-round watering restrictions which include a no more than twice a week irrigation schedule. Please report water waste online or use the MyFtWorth app for smartphones. Questions? See Frequently Asked Questions.

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