Dripping Faucets and Leaks Can Add Up

June 17, 2010
How much do dripping faucets and leaks really cost you?

Many people know that even a small leak from a faucet or toilet can add up to a lot of water over time. According to the U.S. Department of the Interior, if one faucet leaks just 10 drips per minute, it amounts to 14,400 drips per day and more than 347 gallons of water per year. But less is known about what these leaks cost in terms of dollars and cents. Below are some estimated costs of what a U.S. commercial facility could expect to pay if it experienced leaks from malfunctioning toilets and faucets.

Many facility managers are unaware of how much these seemingly small leaks can cost. But add up all the spots in your facility where a leak can occur, and the magnitude of the problem becomes clear. While managers should conduct regular water audits, the most important step is simply looking for leaky fixtures.

Toilet Leaks

Gallons/Month

Cost/Month

Cost/Year

Tank/bowl seal leaks

2,000

$13

$151

Sticks sometimes

10,000

$63

$755

Runs until jiggled

20,000

$126

$1,510

Runs constantly

100,000

$629

$7,548

Faucet Leaks

Gallons/Month

Cost/Month

Cost/Year

Drips: Slow

300

$0

$19

Drips: Fast

600

$0

$44

Small stream

2,000

$13

$151

Large stream

4,000

$25

$302

Voice your opinion!

To join the conversation, and become an exclusive member of Buildings, create an account today!

Sponsored Recommendations

Building Better Schools

Download this digital resource to better understand the challenges and opportunities in designing and operating educational facilities for safety, sustainability, and performance...

Tips to Keep Facility Management on Track

How do you plan to fill the knowledge gap as seasoned facility managers retire or leave for new opportunities? Learn about the latest strategies including FM tech innovations ...

The Beauty & Benefits of Biophilic Design in the Built Environment

Biophilic design is a hot trend in design, but what is it and how can building professionals incorporate these strategies for the benefits of occupants? This eHandbook offers ...

The Benefits of Migrating from Analog to DMR Two-Way Radios

Are you still using analog two-way radios? Download this white paper and discover the simple and cost-effective migration path to digital DMR radios that deliver improved audio...