Water – Wasted by Drips

Q: Could you tell me how many drops are in a gallon of water? Is there a measurement for a drip?

We have a leak in our office kitchen sink, in Miami, and I’m trying to get the building supervisor’s attention as to how many gallons of water he’s paying for so the leak will get fixed !!!!!!!!!

I must have told him 10 times about the leak, but he won’t fix it. It’s been leaking for 2 1/2 years.

A:

I see!

The generally accepted convention is that there are 20 drops per mililiter. There are 3785 ml. per gallon.

Therefore, there are 75,700 drops in a gallon.

If the drip is one drop per second, there are 86400 drops per day – let’s round that off to about a gallon per day.

So over 2 1/2 years, he’s wasted 912 gallons.

In DeKalb county (Ga), water costs about $3.50 per 1000 gallons ( this includes the sewage charge). I don’t know what the water cost is in Miami.

So, if my figures are close, you could tell the supervisor that he’s wasted approximately $3.50 in 2 1/2 years.

It doesn’t look like much – but he’s caused you lots of mental anguish, possibly causing your company to consider moving, leading to his loss of rent.

You could hit him with that…or you could ask a handyperson to come in and fix it without the building manager knowing about it.