Check for Leaks
Most of our meters are located in a rectangular concrete meter box at the curb or sidewalk in front of a customer's home or business. To use your water meter as a leak detector, just follow these steps:
- Ensure no water is running either inside or outside of your home.
- Lift the lid off of the meter box (a screwdriver inserted into the small square hole in the meter box lid will work as a "handle").
- Once the meter box lid has been removed, lift the round cap up from the face of the meter.
- Check the indicator (see diagram at left). If it is slowly spinning and you know there is no water running in your home or outside, you may have a leak on your property
Toilet Leak Test
Leaky toilets waste of hundreds of gallons of water each day, and many times you will not hear or see a toilet leak. One way to find a leak is by using food dye or food coloring and following these simple steps:
Step 1: Remove the tank lid.
Step 2: Place several drops of food dye into the tank.
Step 3: Check the water in the bowl for color. If the bowl has color, then the toilet has a leak.
Pool Leak Test
Step 1: Bring the pool water to normal level. Fill a 5-gallon bucket with pool water to about two-thirds from the top.
Step 2: Place the bucket on the first or second step of the pool. Ensure the bucket is immersed in the pool at least five inches.
Step 3: Mark the water level inside the bucket.
Step 4: Shut off the pump and auto fill and mark the pool water level on the outside of the bucket.
Step 5: Resume normal pool pump operation.
Step 6: After 24 hours, compare the two water levels. If the pool water (outside mark) goes down more than the bucket's water level, there is probably a leak. If levels are the same, only evaporation has occurred.
Find & fix leaks to $ave
Desert Water Agency has connected with local leak detectors to provide a discount for valley residents looking to save water by finding and fixing leaks. Leak detection companies use a variety of techniques, including specialized listening devices, to help them pinpoint a leak – even if it is underneath slab. Leak detection and repair is essential if a leak is suspected.
Thanks to our leak detection partners!
American Leak Detection
Palm Springs Leak Detection
Doctor of Leaks