Look Out For Leaks!

Dripping faucets and whistling or hissing toilets wastewater, even when no one is using them! Toilets often have “silent” leaks too. Here’s a handy way to tell:

Carefully take off the top of the toilet tank.
Put 5 drops of food coloring into the tank.
Wait 20 minutes. If any dye appears in the toilet bowl, water is leaking from the tank. If water is above the white PVC pipe, water is being wasted, turn down the water to your toilet.

The Average American Family of 4 uses 255 gallons of water a day inside the home!

But only a tiny amount (less than 13 gallons) is used for cooking and drinking. Here are some other ways that families use water. The amount used depends on how long the water is turned on, and whether the family uses water-saving appliances, showerheads, toilet tanks, and faucets.

SHOWER: 5-10 gallons a minute
BATHROOM SINK: 5-10 gallons a minute
TOILET:    3-7 gallons a flush
DISHWASHER:    5-25 gallons a load
KITCHEN SINK: 4-5 gallons a minute
WASHING MACHINE:    35 gallons a load

Please call 515-630-6988 or e-mail bfairchild@cityofbondurant.com with any questions on the above information and Bradley will be happy to help you. Thank you.