Saturday, June 6, 2020

Fix a Leak Week is Back!

March 16-22, 2020 is designated as National Fix a Leak Week, a week aimed at promoting awareness of water waste and what you can do to save water and money!

Did you know that in Southlake, there is a 1 in 20 chance your home has a leak? Leaky faucets, running toilets, old and worn out plumbing fixtures and faulty irrigation controllers contribute to an average of 200 gallons of water waste a day. That much water waste can seriously impact your pocket book!

Fix a Leak Week encourages you to take control of your water use by checking places where leaks typically occur.  The premise is simple: Take 10 minutes. Check the faucets, toilets, dishwasher and other sources for potential leaks and then take the necessary steps to fix the leak:

  • Sign up for EyeOnWater:  Your free EyeOnWater account will allow you to view your water usage by the hour! You can even set up alerts to let you know if you might have a leak in your home.
  • Check your faucets: A leaky faucet that drips at the rate of one drip per second wastes more than 3,000 gallons in a year. Replace worn washers and gaskets.
  • Check your bathroomCheck shower heads for age-related leaks. Look for decayed or broken “flappers” in toilets. Not sure what that is? It’s the rubber piece that opens up to let the water flow from the tank into the bowl when you pull down the toilet handle.

Looking for more information on fixing leaks? Check out the Environmental Protection Agency’s website at www.epa.gov/watersense.