Fixing leaks will save water, as well as the energy it takes to pump water from wells, and heat the water in your home.
The most common household leak is from the toilet, which often times goes undetected, and can waste up to 200 gallons a day.
Even newer toilets can leak. Leaks are usually caused by a worn or cracked “flapper” – the rubber piece that covers the hole between the toilet tank and bowl.
Chemicals and minerals in the water can build up on a flapper, which causes it to fail.
Sometimes toilet leaks are obvious – such as when you hear the water “running” – but sometime leaks are quiet and you can’t hear them. It’s a good idea to test your toilet on a regular basis to make sure it’s working properly.
Leaking faucets and shower heads should not be ignored. One dripping faucet can waste up to 3,000 gallons a year. That’s water, energy, and money literally going down the drain.
IMPORTANT: Please call the Sharon Water Department at 781-784-1525 x2315 if you see any water bubbling to the surface of your sidewalk or street (especially on a dry day) as it may be the result of a leaking water pipe.