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Leak Detection

May contain: sink faucet, indoors, tap, and sink

Unnoticed leaks can cost you thousands of gallons of water loss every month. A slow drip can use up to 15 to 20 gallons a day, while even a pinhole size leak can waste 100 gallons in 24 hours! If you suspect you may have a water leak, here are some simple steps you can take to confirm this suspicion:

  1. Ensure that all faucets, irrigation, and water-consuming appliances are shut off at your home.
  2. Remove the lid from your meter box (It will be a rectangular cement box, usually found near the street), and record the meter reading off of the meter inside the box. More information on how to read your water meter.
  3. Keep all water faucets and appliances off for a minimum of 10 minutes, after which you will need to re-check the meter reading. Any movement of the dial or change in number on the meter face indicates that water is running somewhere on your property.

PLEASE DO NOT SHUT ON/OFF DISTRICT METERS. The District strongly recommends the installation of a private shut-off valve located directly before your meter. If you do not have a private shut-off valve at your home, you may contact District staff to assist you.

Small leaks are often caused by leaks in your toilet or irrigation system. For this reason, the District offers toilet leak detector tablets in our office free of charge. If you require any assistance in locating your water meter or reading your meter, please do not hesitate to contact our Customer Service staff at (209) 962-7161.

Please Note: There are many factors that can contribute to water loss. District staff is happy to assist you in any way that we can, but ultimately the customer is responsible for all water that passes through the meter.