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A leaking toilet can drain away 10,000 to 25,000 gallons a month. Yet if you are out at the water meter during the 10 minutes when the toilet isn't refilling, you would never know.

It's more than a simple toilet leak. You're seriously overestimating the amount of water that a toilet can move without you noticing. At 25k gallons a month, that's the equivalent of more than a full gallon flush every 2 minutes. That would be easily detectable by the homeowner. But a leaky toilet is only a partial flush, if anything, and it would need to be happening almost continuously, which the homeowner would notice.

My residential usage is about 4-5k gallons per month, and my bill is $40-50. I pay a base customer fee, trash fee, and about $5 per 1,000 gallons (water + sewer). Even when I had a leaky flapper valve, it never used more than an additional 1,000 gallons (~33g/day)
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