The Macon Water Authority

790 Second Street • Macon, GA 31202-0108 • (478) 464-5600


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Some Common Sources of Household Leaks

There is nothing more likely to cause a spike in your water usage – and subsequently increase your water bill – than a household leak. Some of the common sources of household leaks include: • Toilets – remove the back of the toilet and listen for hissing or running water; replace worn out toilet flappers and faulty fill valves as needed. • Shower Heads – make sure there is a tight connection between the pipe stem and the showerhead, using pipe tape as needed. • Faucets – replace old or worn out faucet washers and gaskets. • Outdoor Spigots/Hose Bibs – if there are leaks while running your hose, replace the nylon or rubber hose washer and ensure a tight connection to the spigot by using pipe tape and a wrench. • Appliances/Hot Water Heaters – Pressure Relief Valves (PRV’s) sometimes are plumbed directly into a drain and may be leaking. If you can’t remove the drainpipe to check for a leak, listen for a hissing sound. • Sprinkler/Irrigation Systems – check for leaking sprinkler heads and drain your system prior to winter to prevent leaks and bursts from frozen lines. • Water Lines – check your water meter before and after a two-hour period when no water is running. If the meter changes at all, you probably have a leak. • Finally, check your MWA bill for your average monthly usage. If a family of four exceeds 12,000 gallons per month (16 CCF), you likely have a water leak. For more information on How to Check for Leaks, please check out the "Learn More" link below.

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Macon Water Authority
790 Second St.
P.O. Box 108
Macon, GA 31202-0108
(478) 464-5600
(478) 741-9146

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