Posted: Feb 27, 2013 4:58 PM by Caroline Flores - firstname.lastname@example.org
Updated: Feb 27, 2013 6:51 PM
CORPUS CHRISTI - Water conservation is a top priority now that the city of Corpus Christi has implemented water use restrictions. But many residents may be wasting up to thousands of gallons of water a day from water leaks.
Our drought conditions are not getting any better and the city says it's more important now than ever to find and fix any leaks your home may have.
"Every gallon lost hurts," said Water Department Superintendent Michael Olivarez.
It doesn't hurt just the city, but also your pocket book.
"Any little leak could cost them a lot of money in the end," said Olivarez.
The typical kind of water leak the city finds daily in residents homes doesn't seem like much water when you look at it. But over time it adds up. A small leak could end up wasting thousands of gallons of water.
So to make sure you aren't wasting water the city is asking you check to see if you have a leak. It's easy. First you have to find your water meter.
Most people's water meters are in the front of their homes, but if you live in an older home your water meter will be in your back yard next to your gas meter. Make sure everything that uses water is turned off. Then go look at your meter and if the little triangle dial is turning Olivarez said, "that basically sums up that there's a potential leak in the house."
From there you need to get a plumber to go and find out where it's coming from. If you discover you do have a leak that needs to fixed and you can't afford it, you could be eligible for the Plumbers to People program. It's a program the city offers to help low income households pay for any leaks.
If you need help and want to find out if you qualify go to the City Utilities Business Office at City Hall, 1201 Leopard Street, first floor, to meet with a staff representative or call 826-CITY (2489).
This simple task could save you up to hundreds of dollars and the city of Corpus Christi thousands of gallons of much needed water.
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