Usage Questions

High Usage

Low Usage




Common Causes for High Usage

Do you have a leak?

The most common cause for high usage is usually due to a water leak. To help determine if this is the cause you can check the leak indicator on the meter. "How to Check For Leaks

Do you have new landscaping, grass or plants?

Establishing new sod, landscaping & plants requires a great deal of water in the beginning.

If your usage is higher than normal during this billing cycle, this could be the cause.

Have you increased the frequency or duration in which you water your yard?

Running a typical sprinkler from a standard 5/8” hose for 1 hour can use about 1,020 gallons.

If you water by hand, a 5/8” hose can use 32 gallons in 5 minutes.

If you have an irrigation system, did you make any changes to the timer?

During a power outage irrigation timers can reset, causing your system to run continuously when you are not aware.

Sprinkler heads that are installed improperly can use more water.

If you have a pool, did you fill it during this billing cycle?

The average 21’ round pool with a depth of 48” holds 13,500 gallons.

Swimming pools can lose up to an inch of water each day depending on wind intensity, humidity & sunlight.

Do you have a water softener?

A faulty timer or stuck solenoid may waste hundreds of gallons of water per day. "Water Softeners"

Did you have extra house guests during this billing cycle?


  Activity Usage
water efficient toilet Water Efficient Toilets 1.6 – 3.5 gallons per flush
Standard Toilet

Standard Toilets

3.5 – 7 gallons per flush
Shower head

An average shower lasting 8.2 minutes

21 gallons

Standard Bathtub

Standard Bathtub

30 – 80 gallons



7 – 15 gallons

Washing Machine

Washing Machines

40-60 gallons




Low Usage

If you feel you have used more water than what is showing on your bill there could be a problem with the meter. Just like every other piece of equipment a meter can stop functioning.

When this occurs the meter normally slows down and does not register the water traveling through the meter. This can cause your usage to be lower than what you are actually using. Meters can be tested to determine if they are registering the water accurately.

If you feel your usage is below normal please contact CLWSC to request a meter test.