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Simple Steps to Big Savings

2010 March 17

fix a leak week-drop of waterDrip. Drip. Drip. Did you know your home could be wasting up to 10,000 gallons each year from easy-to-fix water leaks? Many of these leaks are do-it-yourself fixes that could cost only a few dollars to address. Sponsored by EPA’s WaterSense® program, Fix a Leak Week reminds homeowners of the easy steps we can all take to help save water in our communities now and for future generations.

1. Find Leaks
A good method to check for leaks is to examine your winter water use. If it exceeds 12,000 gallons per month, you probably have leaks. Walk around your home with eyes and ears open to find leaks, and don’t forget to check pipes. You can also reveal a silent toilet leak by adding a few drops of food coloring to the tank and waiting 15 minutes without flushing. If color appears in the bowl, you have a leak. Be sure to flush afterwards so as not to stain the bowl or tank.

2. Fix Leaks
Many times fixing leaks can be done yourself and doesn’t have to cost a cent. Both faucets and showerhead connections can be tightened or sealed with a wrench or pipe tape. For leaky toilets, the rubber flapper inside the tank is often the culprit. Over time the flapper decays, but replacing it only costs a few dollars. If you don’t feel comfortable with these repairs, a licensed plumber can help. Irrigation systems and outdoor spigots can also be the source of water loss. A WaterSense irrigation partner who is certified in water-efficient irrigation technologies and techniques can ensure your outdoor irrigation system works properly.

3. Save Water
Fixing household leaks not only saves water but can reduce water utility bills by more than 10 percent. Dripping faucets can waste more than 3,000 gallons per year, a showerhead leaking 10 drips per minute about 500 gallons per year, and running toilets 200 gallons or more each day!

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For more information and tips about how to save water during Fix a Leak Week, visit www.epa.gov/watersense/fixaleak. WaterSense is a partnership program sponsored by EPA to help Americans save water. The WaterSense label can be found on toilets, faucets, urinals, and—coming soon—showerheads that use at least 20 percent less water and are independently tested and certified to perform as well as or better than standard plumbing fixtures.

About the author: Stephanie Thornton has worked at EPA for 7½ years and manages marketing and partner relationships for WaterSense’s residential plumbing program.

Editor's Note: The opinions expressed in Greenversations are those of the author. They do not reflect EPA policy, endorsement, or action, and EPA does not verify the accuracy or science of the contents of the blog.

13 Responses leave one →
  1. Ladislau permalink
    March 18, 2010

    I fix every time my leaks..we don’t waste water…

  2. Al Bannet permalink
    March 18, 2010

    While one person fixes a leak, two more are born to waste water for the years it takes to learn about conservation.

  3. anno permalink
    March 18, 2010

    I fix every time my leaks..we don’t waste water.

  4. kiroshimasylvia permalink
    June 4, 2010

    I appreciate the concern which is been rose. The things need to be sorted out because it is about the individual but it can be with everyone.

  5. heaba permalink
    June 9, 2010

    While one person fixes a leak, two more are born to waste water for the years it takes to learn about conservation.I appreciate the concern which is been rose. The things need to be sorted out because it is about the individual but it can be with everyone.

  6. Compare ISAs permalink
    June 17, 2010

    This is a good site. It provides us with different ways to save water.
    The site has raised the critical issue of water saving which is the need of the hour.

    graeme smith

  7. Kevin Megan permalink
    September 10, 2010

    this was happen to me once I was outraged with my sudden huge amount on my water bill am wondering why until I discovered a part of my loan there is a certain area that have no grass that looks like a water stain, so I check on that area and discover that the pipe on that area have leak

  8. Savings permalink
    October 7, 2010

    I appreciate the concern which is been rose. The things need to be sorted out because it is about the individual but it can be with everyone.I fix every time my leaks..we don’t waste water…we should be very aware what is happenung around our corner…….we should love our nature………….
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    Thank you,

  9. Anonymous permalink
    October 7, 2010

    I appreciate the concern which is been rose. The things need to be sorted out because it is about the individual but it can be with everyone.I fix every time my leaks..we don’t waste water…we should be very aware what is happenung around our corner…….we should love our nature………….
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    Thank you,

  10. luciyahelan permalink
    October 13, 2010

    This is a good site. It provides us with different ways to save water.While one person fixes a leak, two more are born to waste water for the years it takes to learn about conservation.

  11. william permalink
    October 20, 2010

    A good way to detect leaks is to examine the use of water in winter. If it exceeds 12,000 gallons per month, is likely to leaks. Walk through your home with the eyes and ears open to find the leak, and do not forget to check the pipes. It may also occur silently leaking toilet by adding a few drops of food coloring in the tank and wait 15 minutes without flushing.

  12. water leaks permalink
    March 1, 2012

    waterleakdetectors is good leak finder.

  13. April 18, 2012

    i agree, fully agree

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