Over the span of one year, household leaks can waste more than 1 trillion gallons of water nationwide. Each year residents are encouraged to stop these stray drips during Fix a Leak Week. The Environmental Protections Agency’s ninth annual Fix a Leak Week is taking place now through March 26th. But remember you can find and fix leaks inside and outside your home to save valuable water and money all year long.
How You Can Participate:
Fix a Leak Week is celebrated annually in March as a time to remind folks to check their household fixtures and irrigation systems for leaks.
The Facts on Leaks:
- 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.
- 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.
- Ten percent of homes have leaks that waste 90 gallons or more per day.
- Common types of leaks found in the home include worn toilet flappers, dripping faucets, and other leaking valves. All are easily correctable.
- Fixing easily corrected household water leaks can save homeowners about 10 percent on their water bills.
- Keep your home leak-free by repairing dripping faucets, toilet flappers, and shower heads. In most cases, fixture replacement parts don’t require a major investment.
- Most common leaks can be eliminated after retrofitting a household with new WaterSense labeled fixtures and other high-efficiency appliances.