Saturday, June 19, 2021

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.

 

Fix a Leak Week 2019!

If you ever had a pesky leak then join the movement and celebrate Fix a Leak Week 2019.

The annual celebration goes from March 18-24 and focuses on educating the public on small leaks that can have a huge impact in or outside the home.

In celebration of Fix a Leak Week, a functional display has been placed in Town Hall to demonstrate a real toilet with a real leak.  The purpose of the display is to show that while toilet leaks may be small and a nuisance to fix, they can waste a lot of water and increase your water bill.

“The toilet on the display is set up with its own EyeOnWater account, titled Mister Toilet appropriately,” said Environmental Coordinator, Ashley Carlisle. The EyeOnWater App is an application that assists users in managing their water utility accounts and gives them 24/7 access to their water consumption, including the detection of leaks.

Small household leaks are an easy fix and early leak detection can save you up to 10 percent on your water bill. In 2016 cellular technology was installed on every meter in the City to help conserve water and alert the customer of potential leaks. “Residents can take advantage of the opportunity this technology provides by signing up for EyeOnWater to see their hourly water usage and set leak alerts,” said Carlisle.

If the City notices a leak above five gallons an hour, Utility Billing will mail a postcard alerting the owner of a potential leak. If the leak is consistently over 100 gallons an hour, the City will send out a Field Customer Service Technician to attempt to reach the customer face-to-face and ensure there are no problems on the City’s side of the meter.

If you suspect a leak outside the home, the City offers a W.I.S.E. Guys program that can help identify leaks on irrigation systems. “In all cases though, the owner is urged to contact a plumber immediately to stop the problem,” said Carlisle.

For more information on the water conversation please click here.

Fix a Leak Week: March 19-25

March 19-25, 2018 is designated as national Fix a Leak Week, a week aimed at promoting water waste awareness and what you can do to save water and money.

Did you know that in Southlake, there is a 1 in 13 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 pocketbook.

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 ten 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 EyeOnWater allows you to view your water usage by the hour, and 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 bathroom: Check 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.

If you are near Southlake Town Hall the week of March 19, stop by the lobby on the second floor and enjoy informational displays, handouts and free items designed to reduce water consumption in your home.

For more information about other water conservation tips, call (817) 748-8638.

For general information about Public Works Operations, call (817) 748-8082.

Facts on Leaks Infographic

Fix a Leak Week in Southlake: March 20-24

Did you know that household leaks waste more than 1 trillion gallons of water each year?

Come to Fix a Leak Week in Southlake Town Hall from March 20-24 to find out how leaks might be happening in your home. Southlake Water Utilities will be setting up a display with information about leaks in your home, how to fix them and free items to help lower your water use. By being able to know where leaks are happening in your home and how to fix them, you can reduce your water bill.

Fix a Leak Week lets you take control of your water use by making you aware of places where leaks often occur.  Here are a few helpful tips to get you started:

  • Check your meter:  Don’t flush the toilet, run the faucet, or use any water for two hours. Check the meter again. If the meter does not read the same, you probably have a leak.
  • 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.
  • In the bathroom: Check 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.

For more information regarding the event in Town Hall, please contact Christi Upton, environmental coordinator at (817) 748-8638.

For more water conservation tips, sign up for the Water Smart Southlake Newsletter. Also, you can attend a “Water Smart, Southlake Workshop” to learn more about gardening and landscaping! Find the more information about the workshops here.

Fix a Leak Week nationally is from March 20-26. Find more information from the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) on finding leaks here.

Wise Water Use and Lawn Care Events – Spring 2016

This spring, the City of Soutlake will be focused on promoting wise water use in and outside your home.

This March and April 2016, the City of Southlake is promoting several events that encourage wise water use and conservation inside and outside your home. The lists of events include:

“Fix a Leak” Week (March 14-20): This annual event aims to empower individuals to take control of water use in their homes by identifying and fixing common sources of water leaks. Beginning the week of March 14, a display will be in the lobby of Town Hall that shows helpful tips on identifying and fixing common household leaks. In addition, there will be several free items at tables near the display that will help you identify leaks, save water and save money.

The “Get to Know Your H2O” Forum (March 29): The conversation about water doesn’t stop once Fix a Leak Week is over. Join us March 29, 2016 at 6:00PM for the “Getting to Know Your H2O” forum to be held in the City Council Chambers of Town Hall. Come to the event and engage experts in a discussion about water use and conservation and hang around the lobby and learn what you can do to take control of your water use all year ’round.

Texas SmartScape™ Plant Sale (April 23): Searching for the best candidates for your landscape? Texas SmartScape™ will help you identify native or adaptive plants that can thrive with less water. This means you can save money and still have a beautiful yard. Go to the Southlake Home Depot at 300 S. Village Center Drive from 8:00am to 12:00pm on April 23rd to get ideas and tips for landscaping by talking with a master gardener, plant expert, or irrigation specialist.

Learn and Grow @ Bob Jones Nature Center (April 30): This free workshop at the Bob Jones Nature Center is all about lawn care. Speaker Dr. Dotty Woodson from the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension will discuss lawn care maintenance, the benefits of native and adaptive plants, and sprinkler system quick fixes. Space is limited for this workshop. RSVP with Leigh Langford at 817-491-6333 or llangford@bjnc.org.

Take control of your water use and come join us in March and April for any or all of these events!

Fix A Leak Week is Back!

Tips to fix leaks in your home

The Facts on leaks

March 14-20th, 2016 is designated 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 leaky faucets, running toilets, old and worn out plumbing fixtures and faulty irrigation controllers contribute to over 1 trillion gallons of water waste over the course of a year? 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.  Families can save thousands of gallons of water yearly by checking on common leaks and in turn, they can save more than 10% on their water bills.

The Fix a Leak Week premise is simple: Take 10 minutes. Check the faucets, toilets, dishwasher and other sources for potential leaks. Take the necessary steps to fix the leaks and help save approximately 10,000 gallons of water in your home annually.

Here are a few helpful tips to get you started:

  • Check your meter:  Don’t flush the toilet, run the faucet, or use any water for two hours. Check the meter again. If the meter does not read the same, you probably have a leak.
  • 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.
  • In the bathroom: Check 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.

For additional tips, visit the “Tips and Advice” section of the City’s Water Conservation webpage.

If you’re near Southlake Town Hall the week of March 14th, stop by the lobby on the 2nd floor and enjoy informational displays, handouts, and free items designed to reduce water consumption in your home.

In addition, this year the Public Works Environmental Services division will be hosting an online social media contest for those who learn to fix their own leaks. Tag the City of Southlake in a photo of you fixing a leak with the hashtag #IFixLeaks for a chance to win a free WaterSense labeled showerhead and other prizes!

Fix a Leak Week 2015

Fix a Leak Week Helpful Tips

Fix a Leak Week Helpful Tips

Fix a Leak Week is back!

March 16-22, 2015 is designated national Fix a Leak Week, a week aimed at promoting awareness of water waste and what you can do to save water and save money! Stop by the City Library on the 1st Floor of Town Hall during Fix a Leak week to enjoy informational displays, handouts  and items designed to reduced water consumption in your home.

Did you know that leaky faucets, running toilets, old and worn out plumbing fixtures and faulty irrigation controllers contribute to significant water waste over the course of a year? Not only can these issues seriously impact your pocket book, water leaks from these sources account for over 1 trillion gallons of water waste each year!

Take control of your water use. By checking places where leaks typically occur and simply being more aware of your water use, families can save thousands of gallons of water yearly. This in turn can save a family more than 10% on their water bills.

The premise is simple: Take 10 minutes. Check the faucets, toilets, dishwasher and other sources for potential leaks. Take the necessary steps to fix the leaks and help save approximately 10,000 gallons of water in your home annually.

Here are a few helpful tips to get you started:

  • Check your meter:  Don’t flush the toilet, run the faucet, or use any water for two hours. Check the meter again. If the meter does not read the same, you probably have a leak.
  • 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.
  • In the bathroom: Check 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.

For additional tips, visit the “Tips and Advice” section of the City’s Water Conservation webpage.

The conversation about water doesn’t stop once Fix a Leak Week is over. Join us March 24, 2015 at 6:30PM for the “What’s Your H2O IQ?” SPIN Water Forum being held in the City Council Chambers of Town Hall. Come to the event and engage experts in the discussion about drought, water use and conservation. Have questions before hand? Submit them here.

Fix a Leak Week and GreenFest

33786233The City of Southlake will be participating in two events in March aimed at promoting water conservation and sustainability.

Fix a Leak Week

The first event is “Fix a Leak Week,” which will be observed March 17-23, 2014.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Water Sense are promoting this week-long event to raise awareness about water waste and what you can do to save water and save money!

Water leaks account for 1 trillion gallons of water waste each year. By checking places where leaks typically occur and simply being more aware of your water use, families can save thousands of gallons of water yearly. This in turn can save a family more than 10% on their water bills.

The premise is simple: Take 10 minutes. Check the faucets, toilets, dishwasher and other sources for potential leaks. Take the necessary steps to fix the leaks and help save 10,000 gallons of water in your home annually.

Here are a few helpful tips to get you started:

  • Check your meter:  Don’t flush the toilet, run the faucet, or use any water for two hours. Check the meter again. If the meter does not read the same, you probably have a leak.
  • 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.
  • In the bathroom: Check 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.

For additional tips, visit CityofSouthlake.com/FixALeakWeek. You may also stop by Town Hall that week and enjoy informational displays and handouts courtesy of Public Works.

Green Fest

The second event is Green Fest, which will be held on March 29th from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. in Southlake Town Square.

Greenfest is Southlake’s point of connection to learn about the many ways to be better stewards of the earth’s resources. The event will feature exhibits, vendor booths, and entertainment aimed at promoting various ways residents can invest in a sustainable future.

Visit the Green Fest website to learn more and how you can get involved.

For any questions on either event, contact the Southlake Public Works Department at 817-748-8637.