What Leaks Cost You

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This chart will help you gauge how much excess water you are paying for when leaks occur.
Size of Leak
Amount of Water Lost (Gallons)
Total Cost
Diameter
per day
per year
$1.42 / 1,000 gallons
$1.91 / 1,000 gallons
1/16" diameter leak

1/16" or 1.6 mm
822
300,030
$426
$573
1/8" diameter leak

1/8" or 3.2 mm
2,850
1,040,250
$1,477
$1,987
1/4" diameter leak

1/4" or 6.5 mm
11,400
4,161,000
$5,909
$7,948
1/2" diameter leak


1/2" or 13 mm
45,600
16,644,000
$23,634
$31,790
Courtesy of: American Water Works Association