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It's Fix-A-Leak Week! It’s Fix-a-Leak Week! Every year, minor leaks in U.S. homes and workplaces amount to nearly 1 trillion gallons of water wasted. That’s a lot of water and money that could otherwise be saved. Take control of your water usage this week by fixing leaky faucets and appliances. Here are some facts about unchecked leaks and some tips for recognizing and fixing them. A showerhead that leaks at 10 drops per minute wastes more than 500 gallons per year. A leaky faucet dripping at the rate of one drip per second can waste more than 3,000 gallons per year. Think of it this way: the nearly 1 trillion gallons of annual wasted water across the nation is the equivalent of intentional water use in about 11 million homes annually. 10 percent of U.S. homes have leaks that waste 90 or more gallons of water every day. By fixing those leaks around the yard and house, homeowners can save 10 percent on their water bills. Fix leaks by checking faucet washers and gaskets for wear and replacing them if necessary. Replace old toilets with newer models that meet EPA standards to save 13,000 gallons of water. To identify a leaky toilet, drop a bit of food coloring in the tank, and if any color appears in the bowl after 10 minutes, you have a leak. (Tank will stain if left, so be sure to flush immediately after experiment.) Generally, if your water use exceeds 12,000 gallons per month during colder months like January or February, you probably have a serious leak problem. For more tips, tricks, and information on fixing a leak, visit https://www.epa.gov/watersense/fix-leak-week.
Posted by kelsey.coleman  On Mar 19, 2020 at 9:01 AM