Manchester, Washington

The most common leaks found around the home occur in the irrigation system. A typical irrigation system consists of a backflow prevention device, valves, underground pipes, emitters and/or sprinkler heads and an irrigation controller.

According to EPA WaterSense, an irrigation system that has a leak 1/32nd of an inch in diameter (about the thickness of a dime) can waste about 6,300 gallons per month.

The Smart Home Water Guide guide takes you step-by-step on how to discover typical leaks and reduce water use in your home.


According to the EPA, the average household loses more than 10,000 gallons of water each year through leaks - the same amount of water needed to wash 280 loads of laundry, take 600 showers or meet the average family's water needs for a month. Some water leaks are slow and difficult to detect, yet even the smallest leaks can add up quickly. Fortunately, most leaks are easy to find if you know where to look!

An unexpected high water bill is often the first sign of high water use. While sudden high use is often the result of leaks, it is important to know that irrigation controller programming is a more common cause. Once you have confirmed that your irrigation controller programming is not the cause of your higher than normal water bill, you can begin your search for leaks.

The most important action you can take as a residential water consumer is to maintain a water-efficient home.

You will achieve water savings by switching to more efficient appliances and fixtures, maintaining household water-using devices and practicing water-wise behaviors. A water-efficient home also helps conserve energy and may reduce your sewer costs. The following provides helpful tips on maintaining a water-efficient home.

Your water meter is a device that measures the volume of water delivered to your property. Manchester Water District measures your water usage in cubic feet.

Most residential water meters are located near the curb or sidewalk at the front of the property in a concrete "box." The water meter box will have a metal or plastic lid and may be marked, "Water Meter."

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A leaking toilet can waste over 6,000 gallons per month. That equates to as much as 72,000 gallons of water per year!

Toilet leaks are the most common type of leak found inside the home. Because this type of leak can be silent, it may go unnoticed. Understanding the basic mechanics of your toilet can save you thousands of gallons of water per year. An annoying, dripping sound is often the first sign of a leak. Faucets, shower heads and bathtubs may also have leaks hidden from view.