GEORGETOWN — Utility Director Marlene Ladderbush and the Georgetown Water Department would like to remind residents to check their water meters to ensure that there are no undetected plumbing leaks in their homes.

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the average household’s leaks can account for nearly 10,000 gallons of water wasted per year, and 10% of homes have leaks that waste 90 gallons or more per day. Worn toilet flappers, dripping faucets and other broken valves are among the most common household leaks. If undetected, these leaks can increase a homeowner’s water bill significantly and be costly to repair. 

“A high water bill can often be the first indicator that there is an undetected leak. If residents do suspect a leak, they should take proactive steps to fix it by first checking their water meters,” said Ladderbush. “Locating a leak will not only help your wallet, but it will also help the environment through water conservation.”

Before checking for leaks, residents should ensure that there is no water being used inside or outside of the house. This includes toilets, dishwashers, faucets, and all other water sources.

Usually, water meters are located in the basement where the water supply enters the house. They may also be found in utility closets, crawl spaces or outside in a service meter pit.

For households with T-10 water meters:

  • Ensure that no water is being used inside or outside of the house.
  • Locate your water meter.
  • Locate the leak indicator. It will look like a small triangular shaped dial. If it is spinning, there may be a possible leak.

For households with E-Coder R900i water meters:

  • Ensure that no water is being used inside or outside of the house.
  • Locate your water meter.
  • Use a flashlight to illuminate the meter’s solar panel. Hold the light in place until the LCD display turns on.
  • Locate the leak indicator. It will appear as a faucet drip icon. If it is flashing or continuously on, there may be a possible leak.

 

For additional information, questions or concerns, please call the Georgetown Water Department office at 978-352-5750.

 

 

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Infographic: Georgetown Water Department Reminds Residents to Check for Plumbing Leaks

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