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Water Resources Links

Below are Utility Department Internet Links if you would like additional information regarding water resources. Also included on this page are some Water Conservation Tips.

 Utility Department Internet Links

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources www.dnr.state.mn.us
Minnesota Pollution Control Agency www.pca.state.mn.us
Minnesota Department of Health www.health.state.mn.us
EPA Resources for Non-Profit Organizations www.epa.gov/epahome/nonprof.htm
Bottled Water Web
  • This is where you will find information concerning providing the consumer and researcher with the most current and accurate information about bottled water, tap water and water treatment. 
www.bottledwaterweb.com

LEAKS

“They cost money” for you & the city.

 

Periodically you should:

·       Check all faucets for drips.  Replace worn and leaking washers, gaskets, pipes or defective fixtures.

·       Check for leaks on outside faucets, and make sure the valve closes properly.

·       Check toilets for leaks—they are the most common cause of high bills! 

·       Further information or assistance is available by calling 258-7339.

How to Check for Leaks

Studies show that dripping faucets and leaking toilets account for as much as 14% of all indoor water use, equivalent to 10 gallons (38 liters) per person of water lost per day.  

 

Read Your Water MeterUse your water meter to check for leaks in your home.  Start by turning off all faucets and water-using appliances and make sure no one uses water during the testing period.

Take a reading on your water meter, wait for about 1 hour and then take a second reading.  Or you can take a reading before bed and don’t use the water until morning after you have taken the second reading.  If the dial has moved, you have a leak. 

 

Example

Your Test

Stop Reading

0

0

7

2

9

5

4

Stop Reading

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Start Reading

0

0

7

2

9

0

6

Start Reading

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total c.f. Used

 

 

 

 

 

4

8

Total c.f. Used

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

C.F. Used     48

C.F.  Used    

 

 

 To figure out the amount used in dollars with the 2016 water sewer rates:

C.F. used x .0429= for sewer

C.F. used x .0239 = for water

Add the 2 together and that is the amount of water/sewer you have used in what ever time frame between the 1st and 2nd reading, so if you have a leak, take that amount and divide it out by roughly a 60 day cycle and that's the amount your water bill would be if you do not fix the leak.

Leaks in the Bathroom

Check for Leaky ToiletsAn average of 20% of toilets leak.  The most common source of leaks is in the toilet.  Check toilets for leaks by placing a few drops of food coloring in the tank.  Do not flush the toilet for at lease an hour, or overnight if possible.  If the food coloring shows up in the bowl without flushing, you have a leaking flapper or plunger ball valve.

Check the overflow tube; make sure no water is running over. (float level may be set too high). 

Leaky toilets can usually be repaired inexpensively by replacing the flapper.

  • Toilets can account for almost 350% of all indoor water use, more than any other fixture or appliance.
  • Older toilets (installed prior to 1994) use 3.5 to 7 gallons (13-27 liters) of water per flush and as much as 20 gallons (76 liters) per person per day.
  • Replacing an old toilet with a new model can save the typical household 7,900 to 21,700 gallons (29,902-82,135 liters) of water per year, cutting both your water and wastewater bills.

 

Check for Leaky FaucetsThe next place to check for leaks is your sink and bathtub faucets.  Replacing the rubber O-ring or washer inside the valve can usually repair dripping faucets. 

Showeheads-  Make sure there is a tight connection between the showerhead and pipe stem.  You can use pipe tape to secure it.  You may also need to replace the washer.  If you suspect a valve leak, it's time to call the plumber.

Ways to save:

1. Replace your old toilets- all of them.

2. Instead of baths, take short showers and cut your shower time to 5 minutes.

3. Replace your old showerhead.

4. Replace your old faucets.

5. Don't use your toilet as a garbage can.

Outdoor Leaks 

Outdoors:  Check your garden hose at the connection to the spigot and, if needed, replace the washer.  If you have leaky in-ground irrigation, call a professional.

Ways to Save:

1. Let the grass grow longer by raising your lawn mower's cutting height.

2. Don't wash off your driveway, steps, or deck with water.

3. When it rains, collect the water in rain barrels.

4. If watering is permitted, use soaker hoses or drip irrigation to apply water slowly and evenly to plants.

Kitchen Leaks

Ways to save:

1. Replace your old dishwasher.  New Energy Star dishwasher models are more energy efficient and most use only 4 to 6 gallons during a normal cycle.

2. Wash only full loads of dishes.

3. Keep drinking water in the refrigerator instead of running the tap until it's cool.

4. Give pots and pans a soak instead of scrubbing them under running water.

5. Install a WaterSence aerator on the kitchen faucet to reduce flow to less than 1 gallon per minute.

Laundry Room Leaks

Old washing machines can use over 25 gallons of water.  Front-loaders are the most water efficient, followed by HE top-loaders and agitator top-loaders. 

Ways to Save:

1. Replace your old washer.

2. Measure laundry detergent and use HE detergents for HE top-loaders and front loaders.

3. Pick the appropriate water level setting-often small, medium or large - for the load if that's how your machine works.

4. Do only full loads but don't over stuff.

5. Pick the right soil setting for the load.

Other Tips for Conserving Water (Around the house):

  • Check toilets for leaks. Did you know that a leak in your toilet may waste more than 100 gallons of water per day. The easiest way to check for leaks is to add a few drops of food coloring in your toilet tank. Leave it alone for several minutes. If the food coloring color appears in the toilet bowl you have a leaky gasket that would need to be fixed as soon as possible.
  • Install water-saving devices. They could include water-saving shower heads and flow restrictors.
  • Keep a bottle of water in your refrigerator
  • Check faucets and pipes for leaks
  • Mulch around trees, shrubs and plants to help hold moisture in.
  • The best time to water outside is between the hours of 6:00am and 10:00am and 6:00pm and 10:00pm. That way you aren't watering during the hottest parts of the day which would cause more water to evaporate instead of going into the ground.
  • Position sprinklers to water the lawn only and not half the street or driveway.