Fix A Leak Week


Fix A Leak Week, sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's WaterSense program, takes place in March.  It's a time when families are encouraged to check for water leaks and drips in bathrooms, kitchens, and yards at home.

The Facts on Leaks:

Did you know that, in a year, water leaks in your home can waste enough water to fill a backyard swimming pool?  And if we added up all the water leaking in people's homes right now, it could fill a trillion gallons of milk jugs. 

Water-wasting leaks include running toilets, dripping faucets, and other leaking pipes around your home.  Most of these leaks can be fixed easily.  Fixing these leaks can save your family more than 10% on water bills. 

Finding Leaks:
Locate the water meter at your house.  Usually, it's on the outside of the house in a box close to the street, or under a metal cover on the sidewalk that says "water".  Open the box and look at the current number on the meter.  Don't flush the toilet, run the faucet, or use any water for two hours.  Check the water meter again.  If the meter numbers have changed and increased, you probably have a leak.

Walk through your house to listen for running toilets and dripping faucets.  Drips usually mean leaks.  To find out if your toilet is leaking, place a drop of food coloring in the toilet tank at the back of the toilet.  If the color shows up in the toilet bowl after 10 minutes without flushing, you have a leak. Once you finish the experiment, flush a few times so you don't stain the toilet.

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