Thursday, August 22, 2019

Grab a Wrench: Fix a Leak Week, 3/12-18

In support of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) WaterSense program, the City of Southlake is encouraging all residents to find and fix any leaks around the house during Fix a Leak Week, running from March 12 to March 18.

The average American home leaks more than 10,000 gallons of water per year, which is equivalent to the water needed to wash 280 loads of laundry, take more than 600 showers or meet the average family’s water needs for a month.

“If every City resident took these simple steps, it could make a significant positive impact not only in their pocketbook but also in the greater Southlake community,” stated Christi Upton, Environmental Coordinator for the City of Southlake. “Take the pledge to find and fix leaks today!”

Finding and fixing leaks around the home is as easy as 1-2-3:

  1.  Check for leaks. Toilet leaks can be found by putting a few drops of food coloring into the tank and seeing if color appears in the bowl before you flush. Don’t forget to also check irrigation systems and spigots.
  2. Twist and tighten pipe connections. To save even more water without a noticeable difference in flow, twist on a WaterSense labeled faucet aerator or showerhead.
  3. Replace the fixture if necessary. Look for the WaterSense label when replacing plumbing fixtures, which are independently certified to use 20 percent less water and perform as well as or better than standard models.

“Another way that Southlake residents can help find and fixing water inefficiencies outdoors is by participating in our W.I.S.E Guys program,” said Upton.

To learn more about how you may qualify for a rebate of up to $200 on irrigation system changes, repairs, or upgrades through the City’s W.I.S.E. Guys Program, please click here. For more information about how you can find and fix leaks during Fix a Leak Week, please click here or visit the EPA’s Facebook page.