Water District #119

32730 NE Big Rock Rd ~ Duvall, WA 98019 ~ 425 788-2885
Office Hours : Monday - Thursday ~ 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM

Topic Quick Links

Regional Conservation Program

Information Resources

Water Saving Appliance Suggestion

Dealing with Toilet Leaks

Do-It-Yourself Videos about Fixing Leaks in Your Home



Conservation

The District participates in regional conservation programs, and promotes and encourages our customers to help preserve our water resources.


Regional Water Conservation Program ~

Water District 119 supports Seattle Public Utilities effort to implement its Regional Conservation Program. The Water Conservation Program is a regional program of 19 local water providers that help all of us conserve water. The goal of the program is for each of us to reduce our use of water. Doing so will help ensure adequate fresh water supplies for the future. Over the next few years, educational programs, financial incentives, and special promotions will be offered to assist individuals and businesses with meeting their Water Conservation goals.

Many of the actions you can take to conserve are free or low cost. Others, such as buying one of the new low-flow toilets or water efficient washing machines will cost initially, but pay for themselves in a few years through utility savings.

Please visit www.savingwater.org or call (206) 684-SAVE (684-7283) to request free information and Fact sheets. The available Fact Sheets will give you more information about the program and ideas of how and where to save...starting today.

Information Resources ~

The following links provide water (and of course money) saving information.

Saving Water Partnership - www.savingwater.org

Seattle and Participating Local Water Utilities website to help conserve water at home and at work. The site includes information about rebate programs. Water District 119 is a participating member.

The Regional Water Providers Consortium - www.conserveh2o.org

A wealth of information about water conservation, including some how-to videos detailing repairs and maintenance of water using fixtures.


Water Saving Appliance Suggestion ~

Does it take a long time to get hot water to your kitchen or upstairs bathroom? Studies conducted by conservation organizations show that "waiting for the water to get hot" is one of the greatest wastes of water for homeowners.

While this is NOT an official recommendation, District Commissioner Jeff Popp suggests customers consider a hot water circulating pump. These will cycle hot water though your household system to provide near-instant hot water. Some units do not require additional plumbing since they will circulate the water back to your water heater through the existing cold water pipes. You simply install the unit under the sink that is furthest from the water heater, using the existing connections.

Jeff has been using an "Autocirc" unit made by Laing Thermotech for over 10 years and is very satisfied with its performance. While there is a small amount of cost for electricity to power the unit, and installation may require adding an electric outlet under your sink (this is often quite easy), not having to wait several minutes to get hot water is well worth any cost just in the time saved. The only catch is if you want COLD water you might have to let it run for a minute!

More information is available at the Laing's Autocirc webpage.

The Autocirc unit is available from Home Depot.


Checking Your Toilets for Leaks ~

Is your bank account feeling a bit flushed after paying your water bill?

A leaking toilet can be the largest waste of water in your home. Many people believe that a leaking toilet means that water will escape the tank or bowl, but INTERNAL leaks cause water to go right down the drain without ever being put to use.

Toilet leaks cannot always be seen or heard, so it is a good idea to check for a leaking toilet at least once a year.

The main causes of a leak are either a "fill valve" that will not shut off or a bad "flapper".

To check your toilet for a bad fill value, perform the following procedure:

1. Remove the TANK lid.
2. Carefully observe the overflow tube to determine if the tank water level is causing water to continually overflow and run down the tube.

To check your toilet for a bad flapper, perform the following procedure:

1. Remove the TANK lid.
2. Put 5-10 drops of red food coloring in the TANK. Put lid back on but don't flush it yet.
3. Wait for about 10 minutes, and then look in the BOWL. If you see color, you have a leak.

Fixing a Fill Valve Problem
A fill valve problem is caused either because the tank water level is set too high, or the valve won't shut off the water off. If you can't adjust the water level lower or can't get the fill valve to shut off, replace the fill valve. Pedestal fill valves are considered more reliable than the ball and float type.

Fixing a Bad Flapper
If you had water run into the bowl during the color test and the water level is not set too high, your flapper is probably leaking and it should be replaced. If your old flapper has a float on the chain, make sure your new one does too (or put the old float on the new chain). When replacing a toilet flapper, remember that it is very important to replace it with the proper flapper model for your toilet. Using a standard flapper in many 1.6 gallon toilets can make the toilet flush up to 3.5 gallons per flush.


Videos Showing How to Fix Leaks in Your Home~

For an instructional video showing how to diagnose and fix leaky toilets click here.