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The average household's leaks can account for nearly 10,000 gallons of water wasted every year and ten percent of homes have leaks that waste 90 gallons or more per day. Common types of leaks found in the home are worn toilet flappers, dripping faucets, and other leaking valves. These types of leaks are often easy to fix, requiring only a few tools and hardware that can pay for themselves in water savings. Fixing easily corrected household water leaks can save homeowners about 10 percent on their water bills.
In honor of national Fix a Leak Week, March 18-24, we remind you to check your plumbing fixtures and irrigation systems. To help save water for future generations, simply Check, Twist and Replace!
Check for leaks. Look for dripping faucets, shower heads and fixture connections. Check irrigation systems and spigots, too! Check for toilets with silent leaks. A leaky toilet can waste about 200 gallons of water every day! Place a drop of food coloring in the tank. If color shows in the bowl, you have a leak!
Twist and tighten pipe connections. To save more water without a noticeable difference in flow, twist on a faucet aerator that has a WaterSense label.
Replace the fixture if necessary. Look for WaterSense-labeled models, which are independently certified to use 20 percent less water and perform as well as or better than standard models.