You know what is sounds like… a steady drip, drip, drip of water splashing into the sink or tub. Make sure to place the dripping faucet high on your priority list to avoid high water bills. A very typical leak of 10 drips per minute wastes nearly one gallon per day, or 29 gallons per month. In many places, this costs less than $1 per month. But what about fast drips? A faucet or shower head that leaks 120 drips per minute wastes 11 gallons per day, or 330 gallons per month. This could cost $6 per month, per faucet!
Since water from a leaky toilet runs straight into the sewer line, you may not notice it right away – until you get the water bill. A constantly running toilet may waste about eight gallons per hour, or 200 gallons per day. Left unnoticed, a running toilet could waste over 6,000 gallons per month. Depending on the rate you pay for water and sewer, this could cost as much as $70 per month! And that’s assuming you only have one running toilet in your home.
Leaks and drips aren’t the only contributing factors to high water bills. Other wasteful practices that drive up costs include: