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We all know that annoying sound a little too well. A leaky faucet is obnoxious for many reasons including:
- It represents a problem that could potentially grow bigger.
- It could be very costly to your utility bill.
- It also wastes a ton of water which is very not very environmentally friendly, especially in Orange County, where water may not always be abundant.
Why leaks are costly?
A single drip every couple of seconds does not seem like a lot of water. But think of it this way; your faucet drips every single day for 24 hours a day. It will add up. On average, a leaky faucet will produce one drip every 2 or 3 seconds, that is about 30 drips per minute which then equals 43,200 drips a day. Does this now seem like a little or a lot of water?
It is impossible to tell for certain how much water you’re wasting because every drop of water varies in size and drips at different rates. However, a typical household with a leaky faucet will waste about four to five gallons a day or about 2,000 to 2,500 gallons a year. While individual drops of water may not seem like a lot, over the course of a year, water leaks are costly.
Furthermore, not every leak is easily detected. Leaks in shower heads, toilets, and pipes are not always easy to spot, especially when you are not looking for them. These types of leaks are costly because they usually dispense water at a faster rate.
Leaking or running toilets are also a major problem. Since water from a leaky toilet runs straight into the sewer line, most people will not notice it right away- until they get their water bill. Running toilets are the most costly as they can waste up to 200 gallons of water a month.
The cost of a leaky faucet or any other types of leak may not seem like much, but as time passes, leaks are costly, and they will add up on your bill. At a time when water conservation efforts are at their highest, it’s important that we take all the steps to ensure we are not wasting clean water unnecessarily.