Leak Detection

The average household uses 10,000 gallons of water per month, but that number can vary significantly depending on the number of people in your home, whether you water a lawn or garden, the amount of water your indoor appliances and fixtures use, and your water conservation practices. If your water use has jumped and you feel you have not increased water use, based on the factors above, then you may want to find out if you have a leak. A leak could be buried between the meter and your house, in a pipe under your house, or in your landscape irrigation system.

Water Watch Program    
Cucamonga Valley Water District (CVWD) has launched our Water Watch Program to enable customers to identify and fix leaks in and around their homes. If you think you have a leak, follow the steps below.

Step 1: Turn Off All Water
Before you look for leaks, make sure no water is being used inside or outside of your home. Check all appliances, faucets, toilets, and sprinkler systems.

Step 2: Location & InspectionChecking A Water Meter Box
About 90% of CVWD's residential water meters are located in front of your home near the street in a meter box (picture to the right). CVWD has several types of meters in the field. Your meter probably looks like one of the images to the right.

Once you have found your meter, open the meter cover and check for a flow indicator (see image to the right). The flow indicator may be a blue star or triangle, or it may be a sweep hand (that looks like the second hand on a watch). If either the flow indicator or the sweep hand is moving, you have continuous flow of water somewhere and you may have a leak.

Step 3: Leak Culprits
If you have inspected your meter and noticed movement, then you should begin checking for the possible leak culpritsFlow Indicator Example If you have taken these steps and still cannot identify the source of your water waste, please call CVWD to request a Home Water Audit.

Part of the CVWD Water Watch Program is for us to proactively notify you when we identify a potential leak at your home. In order to do so, we need your updated contact information. Click here to update your contact information now.