Fix a Leak Week: Every Drop Counts in this Drought

 

water awareness

More than 1 trillion gallons of water are wasted in U.S. homes each year from easy-to-fix leaks. That’s why the City of West Sacramento is participating in Fix a Leak Week, March 16—March 22. And you can help.

Sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) WaterSense® program, Fix a Leak Week is an opportunity to improve the water efficiency of your home by finding and fixing leaks.

In the average home, household leaks waste more than 10,000 gallons of water each year. That’s the amount of water needed to wash 270 loads of laundry!

To identify leaks around your home, read your water meter before and after a two-hour period when no water is being used. If the meter changes at all, you probably have a leak.

Here’s how you can address leaks found at home:

  • Check for leaks. Look for dripping faucets, showerheads, sprinklers, and other fixtures. Also check for toilets with silent leaks by putting a few drops of food coloring into the tank and seeing if it appears in the bowl before you flush. Don’t forget to check irrigation systems and spigots too.
  • Twist and tighten hose and pipe connections. To save more water without a noticeable difference in flow in your bathroom faucet, twist on a WaterSense labeled faucet aerator.
  • 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.

Get Involved!

Grab a wrench or contact your favorite handy person, plumber, or certified irrigation professional to address leaking toilets, faucets, showerheads, and irrigation systems around your home.

 

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