The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) annual Fix a Leak Week is March 15 through 21. CV Water Counts encourages everyone to participate by finding and fixing leaks in or around your home. A rise in consumption with no apparent change of use is your first clue in the investigation of your home and whether you may have a leak or be wasting water.
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. Many of these increase your consumption slowly, so testing your toilets and faucets to be sure they are operating properly can prevent cost before water use accumulates.
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.
Check out the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Fix a Leak Video: