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  • Yes, it’s happened to me! My first month in my new home there was a leaky toilet that had been running for a few hours before I caught it. My first DC Water bill was $150 and I was able to trace the high water usage to the day that happened.

  • Not a leaky toilet but similar idea: I replaced the original, 5-gallon-per-flush toilet in my house with a new 1.6-gallon-per-flush toilet. I expected to see a pretty significant drop in my water usage but, alas, it was barely noticeable. I guess all the other uses of water – laundry, dishes, showers and irrigation of the garden when the rain barrels run dry far outstrip my flushes.

  • Boy did we ever learn this the hard way. Ignored a leaky toilet for close to a month and ended up with an $800 water bill!

  • this makes me like dcwater so much. they are doing great with their re-branding.

  • I’m going to bet they didn’t license that Edward Sharpe song

  • Thanks for the comments, everyone! @boybert, we are a government utility agency and believe our use of 12 seconds of the song was fair use for nonprofit educational purposes under federal copyright law.

  • @DC Water

    Thanks for the call this week about our leaky toilet. They informed us we used 600, 900, and 600 gallons over the course of three days (our normal usage is around 100) and we were able to fix the problem. Just ordered a new toilet flapper for $4 from Amazon..

  • Thanks WASA! I learned a lot from this video…mostly that I have an irrational fear of five foot tall waterdrops and need to immediately secure my home toilets and faucets to prevent Wendy and her kind from gaining entry.

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