Water Leaks and Conservation

How to Check for a Water Leak
You can determine if you have a leak by checking your water meter. Start by turning off all fixtures and making sure no one is using water. Look at the water meter register. If the meter has a read triangle indicator, movement of the triangle represents water is flowing through the meter and a water leak is present. If the meter does not have a triangle indicator, note the meter reading from the register. Wait 30 minutes and re-read the meter. If the reading has increased, a water leak is present.

A Determined Leak
If you determine there is a leak, check all the faucets, outside spigots and toilets. Small drips can result in hundreds of gallons of water being wasted. Below are tips for your search:
  • Faucets or shower heads - Check each fixture to see if it is dripping. Most faucet or shower head leaks are due to worn washers, which can easily be replaced.
  • Toilet Leaks - A leaking toilet can easily leak between a quarter to one gallon of water per minute. Remove the tank lid and drop in leak detection tablets or several drops of food coloring. Wait 10-15 minutes. If the colored water appears in the bowl, you have a leak. You may get toilet repair and replacement kits at local hardware stores or contact a plumber for assistance.
Water lost through a leak could greatly impact your monthly bill. The longer the leak goes undetected and is not repaired, the greater the impact as the leak will likely increase. Leaks can be very expensive.

Consumption Impact - Monthly Bill
Type of Leak
 Rate of Water Loss  Water Loss per Month (In Gallons)
Drip Average one gallon every 15 minutes 2,880
Trickle Average one gallon every four minutes 10,800
Stream Average one gallon per minute 43,200

Reporting a Leak
For leaks on your service line, you will need to call a plumber for repairs. If assistance is needed in turning the water off, please contact the City of Sherman at 903-892-7258.

Water Conservation
Saving water equals saving money and resources. Review these water conservation tips.