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Water Loss & Cost of Leaks

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Leak Source Typical Leakage Rate Gallons/Day Used Gallons/Month Used
Running Toilet 1 gallon/minute 1,440 43,200
Leaking faucet 1 drip/second 9 259
Leaking showerhead 10 drips/minute 1.4 43
In-Ground irrigation line 1/32" in diameter (about the thickness of a dime) 210 6,300
Overflow tube in toilet tank 1/4" in diameter 7,200 - 8,640 216,600 - 259,200
A garden hose left running or missing sprinkler head 1/2" in diameter 14,440 - 17,280 433,200 - 518,400
  • 170 gallons per day would be a steady drip
  • 288 gallons per day would be 1 gallon every 5 minutes
  • 970 gallons per day would be a small stream
  • 1440 gallons per day would be 1 gallon every minute
  • 2880 gallons per day would be 2 gallons every minute (an average toilet leak)

Cost of Leaks

Gallons/Day Gallons/QTR Ccf/QTR Water Sewer Total WTR/SWR
170 15300 20 $27.96 $30.40 $58.36
288 25920 35 $37.47 $53.20 $90.67
970 87300 117 $182.19 $177.84 $360.03
1440 129600 173 $271.23 $262.96 $534.19
2880 259200 346 $546.30 $525.92 $1,072.22