New Holland Borough
Lancaster County, PA
Are You Using Too Much Water
Here is the Boro’s water usage guidelines: 4,000 to 7,000 gallons per person for 3 months
2 Adults–8,000g to 14,000g for 3 months
Family of 4–12,000g to 28,000g for 3 months
You can track your own usage by reading your water meter which is usually located in your basement by the house water shut-off valve. Studies show that dripping faucets and leaking toilets account for as much as 14% of all indoor water use, equivalent to 10 gallons per person of water lost per day.
How to read your meter:
Use your water meter to check for leaks in your home. Start by turning off all faucets and water-using appliances and make sure no one uses water during the testing period. Take a reading on your water meter, wait for about 30 minutes, then take a second reading. If the dial has moved, you have a leak.
Check for Leaky Toilets:
The most common source of leaks is the toilet. Check toilets for leaks by placing a few drops of food coloring in the tank. If after 30 minutes the dye shows up in the bowl, the toilet has a leak.
Leaking toilets can usually be repaired inexpensively by replacing the flapper.
Check for Leaky Faucets:
The next place to check for leaks is your sink and bathtub faucets. Dripping faucets can usually be repaired by replacing the rubber O-ring or washer inside the valve.