Helpful Videos and Tips

The average home loses more than 10,000 gallons of water each year due to leaks. Are you l Looking to fix a running toilet or a leaky faucet? Or perhaps you want to know more about how to run your sprinklers efficiently and detect leaks in the system.

South Coast Water District wants to be your resource for water-use efficiency strategies both inside and outside the home. We’ve researched and compiled these helpful videos for you to walk you through the often simple steps of fixing leaks, improving sprinkler system performance -- and saving a few bucks to boot! 

Helpful Videos

These helpful videos come from a variety of sources. But their message is the same: Sometimes, an easy household fix will save you time, water, and money.

How to Fix a Running Toilet

How to Fix a Leaky Faucet (indoor)

How to Fix a Leaky Faucet (outdoor)

Catch Cup Test: A Simple Way to Make Sure Your Sprinklers are Working Well

Toilet Leak Detecting Tabs

Free Toilet Leak Detecting Tablets

Leaks inside your toilet can waste up to 200 gallons of water per day. District customers are invited to visit the District's Administrative Office or Dana Point City Hall to pick up a complimentary toilet leak detecting kit.

The two non-toxic blue dye tablets in the kit give you a quick, easy way to check for leaks. Just follow the simple instructions.

Food coloring can be used in lieu of dye tablets. Place a few drops of food coloring into the tank of the toilet. Wait 15-20 minutes and do not flush. If colored water appears in the toilet bowl, you have a toilet leak.

If you find a leak, please have it repaired as soon as possible! Repairing the leak is often simple and can often be accomplished by replacing the flapper or fill valve, or adjusting the float. Watch the videos above for step-by-step instructions.