Straight from the Tap

Can You Guess How Much Water a Dripping Faucet Wastes?


Congrats to our Drinking Water Week Leak Contest Winners!

A simple household plumbing leak can be a major drain on your wallet – and they’re more common than you might think. Nearly 10% of homes have leaks, wasting upwards of 90 gallons of water every day.

To demonstrate just how quickly a leak can add up, we had visitors at our Drinking Water Week Open House guess how many gallons of water dripped from a faucet over 6 hours.

The answer? 19! That’s enough water to run an average dishwasher three times! And that's nothing compared to a running toilet, which can waste as much as 200 gallons of water or more per day.

Drips from a faucet or a running toilet often go unnoticed, running up unnecessary charges on your water bill and even causing damage to your home. That’s why it’s important to find and fix them quickly.

The quickest and easiest way to know if you have a leak is to sign up for the Cleveland Water web portal

Not only can you use the portal to easily view and manage your billing and account information, but also to view your actual water usage by the day or even by the hour.

Having the ability to monitor your water usage means that you can quickly spot a potential issue and address it before it becomes a major problem.

An unusual spike in your water usage, usage showing at times when you aren't using water, or usage steadily increasing even though you're not using more, could all be signs of a leak.

Signing up for the portal is as simple as 1-2-3:

1. Go to and click on the “Enroll Now” button.

2. Create your profile by entering your water account information and answering a few questions for security purposes.

3. Verify your account by clicking on the link sent to the email address you registered with.

Once registered, you’ll automatically be sent an email and/or letter alerting you to a potential leak. An average of 18,000 customers receive a leak notification from Cleveland Water every year.

To limit damage to your home, conserve water, and avoid a high water bill, you should check your home for signs of a leak as soon as possible if you notice unusual usage or receive a leak notice. But being able to quickly detect and resolve a leak with the portal will save you time, money, and hassle. Find more tips and information in our Leak Brochure.

Congratulations to our contest winners Daniel Lee, Patrice Tripp, Kim Lonsdale, Cilla Horst, Drew Straub, and Dan Hoshiko!