Perform a Water Leak Test

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Use the guidelines below to determine if water is leaking somewhere on your property. Repairs of leaks on the property owner's side of the water meter are the responsibility of the property owner. If you do establish that you have had a leak, you may qualify for a credit on the sewer portion of your bill.

  1. Be sure no water is being used while you perform this test.

  2. Locate the meter and record the meter reading.

  3. Take a few moments and observe the meter. Neither red dial should be moving. If either dial is moving, water is flowing through the meter.

  4. Do not run any water for at least a two hour period. Then recheck the meter reading and record. The reading should be the same. If the meter has moved, this suggests a possible leak.

Perform a Toilet Leak Test

To perform a color test on a toilet, pour a colored liquid (such as old coffee, food coloring or colored cleaning product) into the tank portion of the toilet. Allow the color to sit for 30 minutes. If the color seeps into the bowl of the toilet, that may indicate that the flapper is not sealing properly and may need to be replaced. Perform this test several times over the course of several days.