‘Water Audits’ Identify Instances of Waste in Businesses, Homes

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With a statewide drought, everyone is being asked to conserve water – but shorter showers might not be enough.

Lucy Eidam-Crocker, president of Crocker & Crocker, called in the experts to find out if her business passed the water test.

“I want to make sure we are doing everything we possibly can to help conserve water during this drought situation,” Eidam-Crocker said.

Ryan Geach, a City of Sacramento water conservation specialist, first checked the water meter on the 19th Street property.

The meter showed no leaks that Geach could see, so it was on to the bathroom  -where some of the biggest water loss problems are found.

“Just a running toilet I have seen running toilets [waste] anywhere from 200 gallons a day to 4000 gallons a day,” Geach said. “Just the toilet.”

Geach also inspected the outdoor water system, the place most people use more water than they need.

“You do have a little bit of over watering but this is the area you’re going to have to water a little bit,” Geach told Eidam-Crocker during his inspection.

Broken water sprinklers and drip lines that put out more water than needed were some of the problems Eidam-Crocker could fix.

The average family of four should use at or less than 400 gallons of water a day. To find out how much you are using, check your water bill. If you would like an inspection done on your home call 311 and set up an appointment.

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  • jazzrack

    I would like to point tout that in the city of sacramento if you have a running toilet or a dripping sink faucet that the water is coming from the river, out your faucet, down your drain and being returned to the river. I am not saying don't fix the leaks, there are plenty other good reason to fix them. Just that in the city of sac our "wastewater" is treated and released back into the river.