Plumbing leaks at homes and apartments are common and can result in thousands of gallons of wasted water, bill increases, and potential property damage if not addressed promptly. There are simple steps residents can take to reduce the chance of wasteful leaks. Routine maintenance and repairs can add up to savings on your water bill and help conserve our precious water supplies.
Frequently Asked Questions
Leak Alert Program
In September 2018, we added multi-family properties with two to five dwelling units to our program that currently notifies residential single-family customers about potential plumbing leaks. Learn more about the program and actions you can take if you receive a leak alert.
Do-it-Yourself: Identify and Repair Common Leaks
Did you know that the most common household leak is found in the toilet?
To learn how you can find leaks around your home, start by taking the steps below. For residential customers, if your toilet was installed before 1994 and uses at least 3.5 gallons per flush, you may be eligible to receive a free toilet, including installation, through our Plumbing Fixture Replacement Program (PREP)!
1. Read SFPUC's Leak Guide (Chinese) (Spanish) for tips to identify common plumbing leaks.
2. Inspect the inside of your toilets
3. Check for drippy showers and faucets
4. Examine your garden's irrigation systems
5. Sign up for My Account to monitor your water use
Need more help finding leaks?
Schedule an appointment for a FREE Water-Wise Evaluation with an SFPUC Water Conservation technician by calling (415) 551-4730.
Let our water conservation experts come to you. Water-Wise Evaluations provide leak detection services, free water-saving and leak repair devices and water-efficiency recommendations throughout your home and garden.