13069 Orono Parkway
P.O. Box 430
Elk River, MN 55330-0430
Phone: 763.441.2020
Fax: 763.441.8099
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Check and Fix Leaks During Drinking Water Week


ERMU encourages the community to check and fix leaks during Drinking Water Week.
To test for leaks inside, homeowners should shut off everything connected to water and inspect the home’s flow indicator on the water meter. If the indicator continues to move, even with everything off, there’s a leak somewhere in the home.

To check for a leaky toilet, place a few drops of food coloring in the holding tank and wait five minutes before flushing; if coloring appears in the bowl, you've got a leak. Also, be sure to check faucets and under the sinks for dripping. To check for leaks outside, inspect the lawn for wet spots or pools of water around spray heads. Brown or muddy spots would also indicate there is a leak in the irrigation system.

"We are each personally responsible to conserve water in and around our home," said Water Superintendent Eric Volk. "Checking for and fixing leaks is an easy way to do our part in preventing water waste."

More information on household leaks can be found on DrinkTap.org.