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  2. Indoor water self-audits are an easy way to detect and repair leaks that you might not know exist or don’t think will affect the amount of water you use during the month which may ultimately result in an increase the amount you own on your monthly water bill.


    On average 14 percent of indoor water is lost through leaking fixtures and pipes.  The biggest culprits in indoor water waste are bathrooms, kitchens, and laundry rooms.  Listed below are some great tips and tools to prevent water waste in your home.




    You can check your bathroom for leaks in 30 minutes with food coloring and a utility bucket.


    Check the toilet.


    • Put a few drops of food coloring in the tank and wait 30 minutes to see if the color appears in the bowl. If it does, the toilet might have a leaking flapper valve. Flapper valves are easy to install and are available at most hardware stores.
    • Look at the back and bottom of the toilet for leaks on the supply line.



    Check the sink.


    • Watch the faucet for a minute for drips.
    • Open the cabinet and check the hot and cold supply lines for weak spots, such as a bulge in the hose.
    • Turn on the faucets and watch the lines for leaks while they are in operation. It is pretty easy to determine if you have been experiencing a leak under your sink just by looking at the base of your sink cabinet (if it’s not a pedestal style sink). If you see water spots, wet or warped wood you have a leak.



    Check the bathtub and shower.


    • Operate the faucets to make sure they function properly.
    • Turn on the shower to check for leaks. When the water is diverted to the showerhead, the water flow from the tub faucet should stop.
    • It is difficult to check the exact flow from your faucets and showerheads without the proper flow bag (a plastic bag with measuring marks on the side). But if you have a utility bucket you know the capacity of, you can time filling it to determine the approximate flow. To calculate flow for faucets and showerheads, turn faucet to the normal flow rate that you use, and hold a container under the tap for 10 seconds and measure the quantity of water in the container. Multiply the measured quantity of water by 6 to calculate the gallons per minutes (gpm).
    • If the showerhead and aerators have been on for a while, they might need to be changed. High-efficiency showerheads and aerators are available at any hardware store and are easy to install.





    Check all water sources for leaks, following the instructions for bathrooms.


    • Sink faucets
    • Dishwasher
    • Garbage disposal
    • Ice maker





    Check all water sources for leaks.


    • Supply lines to washing machine
    • Supply lines to sinks


    If you have additional water sources in your house, thoroughly check them using the same procedures. Be sure to fix all leaks as soon as possible.


    If you notice an unexplained large spike in consumption and cannot find the cause on your own (by utilizing the tips mentioned above), contact Denver Water to receive a high bill audit that can help pinpoint the cause. Typically, large spikes in consumption result from leaks (indoor, outdoor or both), although there may be other causes.


    This audit is free.


    You can request an audit by clicking here.