Take the Leaky Toilet Test - Save Water and Money

Posted by Jeff Mikolajow on Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010 at 1:43pm

One in four toilets in Calgary is silently leaking.  In one month, a small leak can waste up to 2,800 litres of water - that’s 28 full bathtubs. Fixing that leak can save you up to $100 every year.

 
“Fixing a leaky toilet is a simple way to save water and money.  If all the leaky toilets in Calgary were fixed, we estimate that Calgarians could save up to 8,400 mega litres of water a year. That’s enough to fill 3,360 Olympic-sized pools,” says Amanda Ginn, Public Program Coordinator, City of Calgary Water Services. “The Leaky Toilet Test is an easy and quick way for all Calgarians to quickly detect leaks and help stop the waste.”

 
To test your toilet:

1. Drop
Just put a few drops of food colouring into the toilet tank. Wait a few minutes.
 
2. Peek
If the water in the toilet bowl changes colour you have a leak. 
 
3. Repair
See our website for simple repair tips or hire a plumber.

 
If you find a leak, chances are a worn-out flapper is the cause. A new flapper can cost as little as $5, takes less than a few minutes to install and just might save you $100 a year. Now that’s a good investment!

For more information on this and other ways you can lower your water use, visit www.calgary.ca/waterservices or call 3-1-1. 

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