Inside the home:
Check the toilets for leaks. Drop a few drops of food coloring into the tank.
Wait a few minutes. If color shows up in the bowl, the flapper is leaking and
needs to be replaced. This can occur even with new toilets and flappers.
Sometimes toilets “run.” This is caused by a faulty flushing mechanism and
it needs to be replaced.
Check all faucets to see that they don’t drip.
Check any exposed pipes for leaks.
Outside the home:
Walk around the house and yard to see if there is a very green spot or any
wet spots. A leak in your yard may not be evident since the water from the
leak may seep down through the ground, rather than on the surface.
Check your sprinkler system. Broken heads only leak when the system is
operating. Usually a broken head does not add very many gallons to water
usage, unless the sprinkler system is on. A broken pipe on the other hand,
can leak when the system is on or off and will add many more gallons to
Swimming pools with automatic fillers can also malfunction.
Turning off water to fix a leak:
If you need to repair a leak on your property and need water turned off at
the meter, call (405)297-2833 or for emergencies call 405-297-3334.
Possible causes of high water consumption:
Your water consumption may increase in the summer months because of
An underground leak may not always be apparent on the surface. Look
for areas of lush grass, unexpected vegetation, or dark spots in your
lawn resulting from fungus growth.
A toilet that runs continuously can use as much as 4,000 gallons per day! Even
a slow, silent leak can add gallons to your bill.
Make sure your faucets turn off completely. Even a slow drip can use
as much as 5,000 gallons of water per month. A steady stream can lose
up to 21,000 gallons per month.