Fix a Leak Week March 17-23

Fix a leak week, waterwise

Did you know a plumbing leak that drips at the rate of one drip per second can waste more than 3,000 gallons per year!. If you can hear the water in your toilet making noise, even when no one flushed recently, you have a running toilet that could be wasting 200 gallons of water or more every day! There are many places in and around the home where water leaks can occur, a backlfow device is just one of them, be sure to take a look and inspect your plumbing fixtures.

Household leaks can waste more than 1 trillion gallons annually nationwide. That’s equal to the annual household water use of more than 11 million homes. The average household’s leaks can account for more than 10,000 gallons of water wasted every year, or the amount of water needed to wash 270 loads of laundry.

Fix a Leak Week is a nationwide program run through a partnership with WaterSense and the EPA. Here are some tips they give to help you be water smart.

  • Follow the rules

  • Your water utility must ensure water is available to fight fires and meet other critical needs, so help your community by following the rules. They will be lifted when water shortages end.

  • Look for leaks

  • The last thing you want to do during a drought is waste water through leaks.Look for leaks indoors and out and if you find them, fix them.

  • Consider an upgrade

  • If you have been thinking about a bathroom makeover, a drought is a great time to get busy. You will help your utility with immediate savings and save yourself money on future bills.WaterSense labeled products are a great way to save

  • Take a sprinkler break

  • Outdoor water use can put a lot of stress on local water supplies. You can be water-smart by letting your grass grow longer and making other maintenance adjustments. Grass doesn’t need to be green year round—you can cut back on watering and the green will return when rains return.

  • Go the extra mile

  • If you want to go above and beyond in water savings, think about reusing water. You can collect water in a bucket while waiting for the shower to warm up or when washing pots, and use it to water container plants or flower beds.

Save Water, Save Money

The average family spends $1,100 per year in water costs, but can save $350 from retrofitting with WaterSense labeled fixtures and ENERGY STAR® qualified appliances. Many WaterSense partners offer water-saving rebate programs for Watersense labeled products—such as water–efficient toilets, showerheads, and faucets—as well as water conservation services. Here is a link to a nationwide rebate finder on the EPA Watersense website:

http://www.epa.gov/watersense/rebate_finder_saving_money_water.html