A few drips per minute may not seem like much, but once you multiply this figure by the number of hours in a day followed by the number of days in a year, it's easy to realise just how precious those few drips really are!
The volume of water lost by a dripping tap will vary depending on the severity of the leak, however it has the potential to waste up to 16,000 litres of quality drinking water per year. That's the entire amount available each year to many people around the world. Dripping taps occur mainly when fixtures are continuously turned off too tightly and, over time, the pressure on the washer causes it to deteriorate. Replacing a tap washer is quite simple, however if you have a hot water system in your ceiling it is recommended you contact a licensed plumber.
These steps can be used as a guide to replacing your tap washer:
A continuously running toilet can waste
up to 60,000 litres of water per year, yet toilet leaks often go
unnoticed as the water trickles down the back of the bowl.
Follow these simple steps to check if your toilet has a leak:
Toilet leaks are often a result of the rubber valve in the cistern deteriorating. You can contact a licensed plumber to fix this for you. As a temporary fix, you may be able to install a toilet weight in the cistern. It is important to check your toilet for leaks every few months so you can be sure it is not wasting any water.
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