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Water Conservation in Georgia

Learn some valuable tips to help conserve water in your home!

Water conservation is a national concern, but it is especially on the minds of the citizens of Georgia.  With dry conditions throughout the state and nearly ten million citizens who need clean water for drinking and bathing, there is always a concern that some areas will end up with a short supply.  Unfortunately, your indoor plumbing could be causing major water waste without you even knowing it.  Below are some items to check on within your home as part of an ongoing effort to conserve Georgia’s water resources.

  • Leaks– A great way to check for leaks is simply by reading your water meter.  Record the number on your meter, then after two hours of no water use in your home, note it again.  If the meter does not read the same number, it is a good indication you have a leak.  If you cannot find the source of the leak on your own, a licensed plumber can help.
  • Faucets– If you turn off the tap while you are brushing your teeth, you will prevent water waste at the rate of two gallons per minute.  When you do use the faucet, make sure you are turning it off all the way; a faucet dripping at one drop per second can add up to 3,000 gallons of water waste in a year.
  • Toilets– To check to see if your toilet is leaking, place a few drops of food coloring in the tank.  If the color moves into the toilet without your flushing it, a leak is present.  This is an important test because a leaky toilet can waste up to 200 gallons of water per day.  Additionally, if you have older toilets, you may want to consider replacing them.  Toilets made before 1993 use 3.5 gallons of water per flush, while newer toilets use approximately 1.3 gallons.