LEAKS INSIDE YOUR TOILET CAN WASTE UP TO 200 GALLONS PER DAY. TO DETECT SILENT LEAKS, REMOVE TOILET TANK LID AND ADD ANY COLORED CLEANING AGENT, FLUSH TO CLEAR WATER IN THE BOWL. ADD DYE TABLET, LEAK DETECTOR FLUID, OR FOOD COLORING TO THE TANK. IF THE TANK IS LEAKING COLOR WILL APPEAR IN THE BOWL WITHIN 15-30 MINUTES.
THE NEXT PLACE TO CHECK FOR LEAKS IS YOUR SINK AND BATHTUB FAUCETS. WATER LOSSES CAUSED BY DRIPPING FAUCETS CAN RANGE FROM SEVERAL GALLONS TO HUNDREDS OF GALLONS OF WATER PER DAY. CHECK FAUCETS REGULARLY FOR LEAKS AT THE FAUCET HEAD AND SEEPAGE AT THE BASE AND ITS CONNECTIONS.
WHEN USING A LAWN SERVICE BE SURE TO CHECK SPRINKLER HEADS REGULARLY THEY MAY SOMETIMES BE DAMAGED BY BIG MOWERS AND OTHER LAWN EQUIPMENT.
UNDERSTANDING HOW TO SET YOUR IRRIGATION SYSTEM ALSO PLAYS A BIG FACTOR. IF YOU NOTICE WATER USAGE HAS INCREASED SIGNIFICANTLY IT MAY NEED TO BE ADJUSTED. ON AVERAGE APPROXIMATELY ONE INCH IS USUALLY ALL THAT IS NECCESSARY TO FILL THE ROOT ZONE.
PUT ANOTHER WAY IT IS THE AMOUNT OF WATER LEFT IN THE SOIL AFTER ALL THE FREE WATER HAS HAD A CHANCE TO DRAIN OUT THROUGH THE FORCE OF GRAVITY.
CURRENT WATER RESTRICTIONS FOR CITRUS COUNTY:
Year-Round Conservation Measures effective October, 1, 2017, limit lawn water to twice per week, as follows:
EVEN addresses may irrigate on Thursday and/or Sunday before 10 a.m. or after 4 p.m.
ODD addresses may irrigate on Wednesday and/or Saturday before 10 a.m. or after 4 p.m.
Hand watering and micro-irrigation of flower beds, shrubs and other plants (other than lawns) can be done on any day at any time, if needed.
SIGNS YOU MAY HAVE AN UNDERGROUND WATER LEAK
Unusual wet areas in spots that are landscaped and/or pools of water on the surface of the ground.
An area that’s moldy, soft, green, or mossy that’s surrounded by a dryer condition.
A very noticeable drop in flow volume/water pressure.
A new problem with dirt or air in your water or rusty water, although this can be due to another problem.
A section of an area that’s irrigated suddenly brown/dying/dead and it used to be lush and green. This is due to the water pressure being too low for far sprinkler heads to properly pop up.
Cracking or heaving of areas that are paved.
Potholes or sink holes.
Even grades of floor or a structure leaning.
A sudden increase in use of water that is unexplained, water use that is consistently high, or even water use that’s been steadily climbing for a few billing cycles.