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Water Pressure

Water Pressure

Due to the diverse terrain and the size of the Sturdivant Progress WSC service area, water pressure will vary due to multiple factors including the elevation of the property and its physical relationship to the water source (tanks and reservoirs). Homes at higher elevations typically have lower pressure than homes at lower elevations. The distance between a water meter and your home can have a negative impact on your pressure as well. A utility's water pressure is predominately based on elevated storage tank water levels assisted by the use of booster pumps.

Quick Reference Guide for Common Water Pressure Issues

Issue

Possible Cause

Solution

 

1.     Clogged water softener

1.     By-pass and service water softener

Low pressure only internally

2.     Clogged aerator screens

2.   Clean or replace aerator screens

 

3. Water supply line crimped or supply valve partially closed

3.     Check supply line and valve, contact a plumber

 

 

 

Low pressure only hot water

Water Heater

 

Flush and service water heater

 

 

 

Low pressure inside and outside

Customer Leak

Refer to How to Check for Leaks

 

 

 

Low pressure in the mornings, evenings and in the summer

High Demand on main water lines during peak usage

 

Sudden drop in pressure impacting multiple customers

Possible Water leak on main distribution line

 

Contact SPWSC

Low pressure area

House is located at the higher elevation, like the top of a hill or far away from meter

 

Install a booster system

 

 

 

How to Check for Leaks

Continuous leaks from a 1/16th inch crack in a water pipe can cause water waste of almost 25,000 gallons in one month. A dripping faucet can waste 3 gallons per day or almost 1,000 gallons per year. Detecting, locating, and repairing a water leak not only saves water but money too.

Water leaks come in many sizes and varieties. Some water leaks require plumber expertise and others can easily be repaired by a resident. The most common sources of water leaks are service line ruptures, sprinkler system line cracks, toilets, and faucets. Below are a few tips to try to determine if you have a leak.

Check your toilets

  • Add Leak Detector tablets, available at SPWSC Office, or a few drops of food coloring in the tank of the toilet. (DO NOT FLUSH)
  • Wait several minutes.
  • If any color is seeping into the bowl, then the toilet is leaking.

Check your yard

  • While slowly walking the trench line between the meter and your home, be aware of any "squishy" areas.
  • Be aware of any areas of the yard that are unusually green.

Please contact our office (940)325-6020, should you need further assistance.