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Household leaks: what to look for

Showers and Faucets

A leaky faucet or shower head that drips at the rate of one drip per second can waste more than 10,000 litres of water per year. A leaky faucet can easily be fixed by replacing washers and gaskets.  A leaky shower head can be fixed by ensuring a tight connection using pipe tape and a wrench. If the faucet or shower head needs to be replaced, look for water efficient products.


Pipes and Hoses

Check for leaking pipes and hoses under bathroom and kitchen sinks, dishwashers and washing machines.

  • Look for water leakage around the valve stem and faucet spout.   Check the drain piping under the sink as water flows through the drainpipes.
  • While running the washing machine, dishwasher and garbage disposal check for visible leaks during usage.
  • Look at walls where pipes stick out. Look for discoloration, moisture, and sponginess.


Hot Water Tanks

Check the pressure relief valve on the hot water tank. Sometimes these valves are plumbed directly into a drain and may be leaking without your knowledge. Listen for a hissing sound. If you suspect a leak contact your plumber.


Check the garden

Look for leaks in hoses, taps, hose bibs and irrigation systems. Chances are you can fix most of these leaks yourself.

  •  A leaky hose can be replaced or temporarily fixed using duct tape or sealant.
  • You may have a leak in your irrigation system if you notice soft muddy areas, grass that is greener than the rest of your lawn and areas that are growing much faster.
  • You may have a leak in your tap or hose bib. (A hose bib is an outdoor water faucet protruding from a building which is usually threaded to accept a hose connection) Tightening the hose bib connection usually stops a leak.


Detect Leaks by using your Water Meter

Detect even the smallest leaks by:

  1. Turning off all fixtures inside and outside your home. 
  2. Recording your water meter reading and then leaving your home for a few hours.
  3. Checking your water meter reading when you come home. If it has changed there is a good chance you may have a leak.

 What type of water meter do I have?


60% of Lethbridge residents have a Neptune E-Coder water meter



 30-40% of Lethbridge residents have this type of Neptune water meter


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