Water Leaks

Water costs money so don't waste it. A small leak may not look like much, but over a period of time it can cost you more than you think.

Leaks based on a 30 day period:
  • A dripping leak loses 450 gallons
  • 1/16 inch leak loses 24,000 gallons
  • 1/8 inch leak loses 98,000 gallons
  • 3/16' leak loses 228,000 gallons
  • 1/4' leak loses 393,000 gallons
We've all had a leak at one time or another. Leaks in the bathroom and kitchen are common. Large or small, all leaks waste one of our most valuable resources. Knowing where to look for leaks can help save water and lower your monthly bills.

If you notice water spewing from the meter or the meter connections (the nuts and bolts that connect the meter to the cut-off valve or your water line) call the City of Big Spring Utility department for repairs at 432-264-2392. If you notice a leak on the line that goes to your house, call a plumber.

Some of the common leaks can be found in the following areas of your home.


The majority of residential water leaks do occur in the toilet. The most common causes of a leaking toilet are:
  • Flapper valve stuck in open position
  • Worn flapper not allowing for proper seal
  • Misaligned chain
  • Tank float or level adjustment allows water running into the overflow tube
To check for a leak in the toilet there are two easy ways to accomplish this. Add a few drops of food coloring to the tank, wait 15 minutes and check the water in the bowl for the dye color.

If the flapper needs to be replaced, be sure to obtain a flapper that will provide a tight seal. Replacement cost is about $10 and includes instructions.

The level of the water in your toilet tank should be at least 1 inch below the top of the overflow pipe. If the level is too high, adjust the float ball and recheck the water level.


Leaking faucets can be another water waster. But leaking faucets can generally be easily repaired. Many "how to" courses or step-by-step instructional materials are offered at local hardware centers. Also consider installing low flow aerators on all faucets in the kitchen and bathroom. Low flow aerators can save water thus producing a cost savings on your monthly bill.

Irrigation System

Broken sprinkler heads or damaged underground pipes are common sources of leaks in irrigation systems. Check your irrigation system at least once each month for broken heads, and especially wet areas for possible underground leaks or timer malfunctions. Lightning from thunderstorms can cause an automatic timer to malfunction.

Check Out Your Water Meter

the City of Big Spring can use your water meter to check for water leaks. A leak can be detected not only by the excessive consumption registering on your meter but also because City water meter's are equipped with a leak indicator. If you have checked all the obvious places, and think you may have a leak, contact the Water Office to have a technician check the water meter for you.

Other Sources of Leaks

  • Solar Panels
  • Automatic Pool Fill System
  • Water Softener Backwash
  • Leak Under Concrete Slab