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Fix A Leak: Fix Leaks, Save Water & Money

2009 March 19

About the author: Steve Burton* the SW territory contact for Ferguson Enterprises, Inc.’s Private Label Program. Ferguson is the EPA’s 2008 WaterSense Retailer/Distributor Partner of the Year.

We have a two-person household in an average-size home in Oro Valley, Arizona. In November 2008 we discovered the guest bathroom had a slow internal leak caused by an aging fill valve inside the toilet tank. The only reason we thought to look for a leak was the spike in our water bill that month.

We found a slow leak inside the toilet tank in our hall bathroom. The noise was faint. If the fan was on or if you were not directly in the bathroom, you could not tell there was a noise coming from the toilet tank.

The impact this one slow leak had on our water usage/bill during November 2008 is below.

  • Sept 2008 $41.97
  • Oct 2008 $51.33
  • Nov 2008 $148.30
  • Dec 2008 $58.66
  • Jan 2008 $33.64

This drove home how important it is to check/maintain water fixtures in our home to conserve water and save money. For about $15, we were able to fix a leak that was costing us $100 a month!

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2 Responses leave one →
  1. Used Car Dealers permalink
    March 23, 2009

    Oh !! If this is the case we ignore leakage of water, then definitely one day come when surely there will not be any water and rest the thing for wasting water here and there by not assuring whether we are saving it, we may have to pay for that. Used Car Dealers

  2. Naples Dentist permalink
    August 15, 2011

    Thanks, for discussing. It is so much benifited for me. I get much information about your discussion. I thing it is very important for us.

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