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Showering wet down, soap up, rinse off = 4 gallons
Brushing teeth wet brush, rinse briefly, = ½ gallon
Shaving, fill sink basin = 1 gallon
Washing hands fill sink basin = 1 gallon
Tub bath minimal water level = 10 to 12 gallons
Flushing toilet using a smaller tank = 4 to 6 gallons
dishwashing washing and rinsing in the sink = 5 gallons
automatic dishwasher short cycle = 7 gallons
washing machine short cycle with minimal water level = 27 gallons
Outdoor watering average hose = 10 gallons per minute
leaks - even a small drip can add up to 25 gallons per day
To check for leaks, turn off all water faucets in the home and go to the meter outside. If it is spinning, you have a leak. If there is no indicator and the actual meter dial hand is moving, water is running somewhere in your system and you have a leak.
If the hand is not moving, note the position of the hand and wait 10 minutes. Check the meter again, if it has moved, you have a slow leak. Check out site at: http://www.lcra.org/water/utilities/waterlea...
One trick i have used in the past to isolate leaks is the Stethoscope trick...not a real one but a very long screw driver...I place the tip of the screw driver on a suspect pipe or line and place my ear tightly against the round end of the handle and listen...you can sometimes hear the "hiss" of a leak and the water flowing in the pipe make a subtle sound.
You can also check your billing to see if they just copied the last month. I would also pay attention to the reading date and read it my self this next month.
Just some amplification on Paul's input for basic troubleshooting.Many homes have a main water shut-off valve somewhere in the structure. If you do, close that valve. Go in the house and open the highest cold water faucet in the house (i.e.: upstairs bathroom; you go upstairs so you don't have to wait for water trapped in the lines to drain out to make sure there is no water pressure coming
If a leak is not discovered there, then consider the other options our other Hometalk members have suggested.
One more thing. I know of a case where a widow ran her lawn irrigation system thinking it was on a well where in fact it was city water. To her defense, her former husband handled it previously. Needless to say, this was the cause of her horrific water bill.
I obviously don't know the procedures in Powder Springs, but here in Virginia Beach our waste water bill is based on our water bill/usage. I had a leak in my supply line for a good month before I realized it. The city actually credited me a part of my wastewater bill because of the leak. Keep us posted. Tim
We had to replace all the pipes outside and as a bonus, decided to replace them all under the