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 for drips. 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 the usage.
Swimming pools with automatic fillers can also malfunction.
Turning off water to fix a leakIf you need to repair a leak on your property and need water turned off at the meter, call (405) 297-2833. For water emergencies, call (405) 297-3334.
Possible causes of high water consumption
- Water consumption may increase in the summer months because of irrigation.
- Underground leaks 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!
A slow, silent leak can add gallons to your bill.
- 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.