Did you know the average household leaks nearly 10,000 gallons of water per year, or the amount of water it takes to wash 300 loads of laundry? Water-wasting leaks include running toilets, faulty irrigation, dripping faucets and other leaking pipes around your home.

In just 10 minutes, you can search your home for leaks and crack down on water waste. Many common household leaks are quick to find and easy to fix. Before you can fix leaks, you must find them.

Luckily Global Water Resources has made that easy! We invested in our community by installing smart water metering, also known as Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI). All residential customers in Maricopa have an AMI meter that is linked to the Global Water customer portal.

The customer portal allows you to pay your bill online, monitor your water use, set water budgets for your household and sign-up for notifications. What is most amazing about AMI is that Global Water will automatically send you a notification via email, text, or call if a possible leak is detected!

Be a water-wise detective this month during Fix-a-Leak Week, March 20-26.

Here are some tips for finding leaks in and around your home:
Walk through your house listening for running toilets and looking for drips. Drips usually mean leaks.

Place a drop of food coloring in the toilet tank. If color shows up in the toilet bowl after a few minutes without flushing, you have a leak. Many toilet leaks are caused because the “flapper” is decayed or broken.

Timed irrigation systems often water your landscape when you aren’t around. Turn on your irrigation system every few months and take a walk around your yard looking for puddles and broken drip emitters. This simple practice can save loads of wasted water.