March 11: Fix leaks at home and report public water leaks

Jesus answered, “Very truly I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God without being born of water and the Spirit.”

South Africa is losing 7 billion rands worth of water a year in leaks. This is more than a third of our entire water supply,  while many members of the community do not have access to clean water.

Many households are losing 10% of their water but are not even aware of it here is a simple test you can do to see if you have leaks that you are not aware of

Whole House Meter Check for Leaks

Larger leaks or a combination of small leaks can often be detected by your water meter. Using your water meter you can perform a simple leak check with the following steps:

  1. Make sure all water is turned off inside and outside the home.  This test must be performed when no automatic water equipment is used, such as irrigation controllers, clothes washers, dishwashers, etc.
  2. Record the reading of the water meter, and wait 15 minutes. Be certain no one uses any water during this time.
  3. Record the reading of the meter again. If the meter has recorded water use during the test, it might be due to a leak.
  4. The meter test only verifies large leaks. Even when leaks are detected, this test does not indicate the location of the leaks. Further investigation is needed to detect and locate all significant leaks.

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