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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.