Hint: it’s not as much as a globe suggests. Our earth is 75% water, sure­— but less than 1% is actually available for us to use. That’s less than 1% for the cleanliness, the sanitation, and the thirst of 7.5 billion people. Which, is precisely why that water only reaches 9 in 10 of those 7.5 billion.[1]

At first, it makes sense. That endless stream of water coming from your faucet doesn’t seem to have an end coming any time soon. Fresh water treated with chemicals comes at your beck and call, gets used, gets treated again, and it’s a cycle— right?

 Wrong. It is a cycle, for now, but there’s only so much pumping and re-pumping of chemicals that our limited freshwater supply can take. The simple truth is: the more treated water we use in our homes, the less our children will have, and then their children, and theirs. . . until the next generation faces numbers far more dreadful than 9 in 10 and 1%.

Think about it. It’s a regular day: the majority of homeowners are about to leave for a classic day of work— say, for an average of 8 hours. A simple mistake is made: a toilet is flushed, but the flapper doesn’t reseat properly, and water continues to run while you’re not home.

A wide-open flapper (a running toilet): a water wasting nightmare. The average toilet refills at a rate up to 5 gallons a minute, so that open flapper acts as a clear path for up to 2400 gallons of treated water to flow directly out of the world’s 1%. 2400 gallons in one work day.

Imagine pouring 2400 plastic water jugs from the grocery store down a sink, and you have the equivalent.

And water isn’t the only thing going down the drain, so to speak. With it, go billions of dollars every day to pay for the energy and infrastructure necessary to source and transport despite any geographical barriers, chemically treat that water for safe usage, deliver it to all locations, collect wastewater from all locations, treat it for pollutants, and dispose of it. And that number that’s already less than 1%?

It goes down too.

So where does the problem start? Well, like most problems, it all starts with how we think. For starters, saving water isn’t— and shouldn’t— only be a concern when there’s something blatantly obvious like a drought. And more importantly, its only solution doesn’t have to be a monumental movement that has no clear benefits in sight.  Consciousness of water conservation can grow with every second, minute, hour, and dollar that is spent in your own home. All you need, is a solution to address the most common source of undetected water leakage in a household: a running toilet.[2]

 That solution? It’s the LeakAlertor 6000: a smart device that electronically monitors your toilets for leaks, imminent overflows, and other water wasting problems. The LeakAlertor 6000 will also detect and alert you to leaking flappers and faulty fill valves. It constantly checks for that simple mistake— that wasteful running toilet— and alerts you both visually and audibly before you can even leave the restroom, and before that 1% can go down any further.

So how much water do we really have on the blue planet? The answer is— not enough.

But that assumption is based on the idea that even our smallest actions don’t have remedies. With a solution like the LeakAlertor, we can successfully prove to ourselves otherwise.

For more information about the LeakAlertor, you can visit www.leakalertor.com

[1] Water.org – Learn About the Global Water Crisis

[2] EPA.gov – Residential Toilets, Major Source for Wasted Water in Homes

Dye Tablets

5 Reasons why dye tablets are not accurate:

The LeakAlertor takes away the frustration of high water bills, and saves you money! Unlike dye tablets, the LeakAlertor is constantly at work checking for silent leaks, wide-open flappers, and faulty fill valves. It alerts you before you leave the bathroom with a “beep” and blinking LED during the flush cycle.

1) Errors are made in using dye tablets.
Often times, dye tablets are used incorrectly. Some people have mistakenly put the tablet in the toilet bowl rather than the toilet tank…test ruined! Some have put the tablet in the tank, and flushed the toilet immediately…test ruined! Some people drop the tablet in the tank, but then walk away and forget…again, test ruined!

2) Not all toilet leaks are caught by dye tablets.
Dye tablets can only detect one type of leak – a leaking flapper – and only if it’s leaking at the time of the test. However, stuck flush valves, wide-open flappers, phantom flushes, and running toilets are all common leaks not detected by dye tablets.

3) By the time you use a dye tablet your toilet may have already been leaking for weeks, or even months.
Often times, homeowners don’t realize a toilet is leaking because they think a leak should mean there is water on the floor. However, the most common leaks occur either at the flapper, or where the tank and bowl connect. These leaks occur inside the toilet, and are almost always invisible.

4) Intermittent leaks are often missed by dye tablets.
Just because your toilet isn’t leaking at the moment of testing doesn’t mean it wasn’t leaking an hour ago, or won’t be leaking an hour from now. Also, when a flapper first begins to leak, the amount may be too small for dye tablets to detect.

5) It’s not easy to get dye tablets.
Few hardware stores actually sell them, and it’s a hassle to contact your water utility for free tablets. You can buy them on-line, but you have to pay for shipping and wait for them to arrive. Meanwhile, your toilet continues to leak, and your water bill gets even higher!

7 Reasons why the flapper/flush-valve won't close:

1)  The flapper is “stuck” to the overflow pipe.
One observable symptom: it is not bobbing or floating in the water, regardless of the water height, and appears to be partially or fully upright.

2)  The chain is tangled.
A chain link can get stuck on the metal clip or loop over the top of the lever arm. Although an improper chain length causes many of these problems, “slapping” the flush handle can also cause the chain to hang up.

3)  A clogged drain/obstructed pipe produces back pressure through the flush valve seat.
The obstruction doesn’t allow the water level inside the tank to drop low enough for the flapper to seat properly. In this instance, the flapper appears to “hover” in the water above the flush valve seat. A clogged or obstructed drain pipe is the most common reason for toilets to overflow the bowl.

4)  A “universal” replacement flapper is purchased.
When a “universal” replacement flapper is purchased, it does not seat properly on the flush valve. Flappers should be purchased according to the type of flush valve used because universal flappers can leak and/or fail to seat up to 50% of the time.

5)  The flush handle/lever is old, defective, or “sticking” to the inside of the toilet tank.
Old or defective equipment can result in the flapper being held open.

6)  The flapper hinges are weakened and/or degraded.
This allows the flapper to slide to the side and not seat properly on the flush valve. (Note: the water flow from the fill valve can also push the flapper to one side if it is above 60 PSI.)

7)  A flapper’s buoyancy doesn’t become “negative” until the tank completely evacuates.
This does not allow the flapper to seat properly. Although there are several known causes (including toilet design), the most common is a clogged or obstructed drain pipe, which creates back pressure into the tank through the flush valve.

5 Common reasons why wide-open flappers often go undetected:

1)  No one is home to hear it running.
Often times, a person will use the bathroom before they leave their home (or business). In this case, a wide-open flapper would not be detected until the person returned home and realized the problem. This could be hours, or even the following day.

2)  The bathroom is not used frequently.
A wide-open flapper in secondary bathrooms (a finished basement or guest bathroom) can go undetected for days or weeks, wasting a tremendous amount of water and resulting in a high water bill.

3)  Hearing impaired/challenged people may fail to recognize a problem exists.
People with moderate to severe hearing loss may be unable to hear the running water. People afflicted with tinnitus may be unable to distinguish the sound of the running water from their tinnitus.

4)  The sound of the toilet tank refilling is a muted hum.
The initial flush of a toilet is loud, brief, and occurs while the user is still in the bathroom. However, the refilling of the toilet is quieter, prolonged, and typically finishes after the user has left the bathroom. Therefore, the user is unaware when the flapper remains wide-open.

5)  Background noise can easily mask the sound of a wide-open flapper or flush valve.
Examples include central air conditioners and HVAC systems (while the fan is operating); ceiling and window fans; music and/or TV; etc.