About the author: Stephanie Thornton is the Partner Outreach Coordinator for EPA’s WaterSense program. Stephanie has been with the Agency for almost seven years.
We all want to do what we can to be more water efficient around the house – we wash only full loads of dishes and laundry, turn off the water while brushing our teeth, and look for WaterSense® labeled products when replacing a toilet or faucet. But one of the biggest water wasters often goes unnoticed: common household leaks.
That’s why the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency created Fix a Leak Week, which runs March 16 through 20. Leaks can account for, on average, up to 11,000 gallons of water wasted in house each year. That’s enough to fill your backyard swimming pool! The most common leaks are toilet flappers, dripping faucets, and other leaking valves, all of which are easily corrected. Fixing them can save you up to 10% on your water bills.
Nearly all fixture leaks can also be corrected by replacing older models with new, WaterSense labeled products. You’ll stop the leak and give yourself a high-quality, water efficient toilet or faucet that you can feel good about.
One of the easiest ways to figure out if you have a leak is to check your water meter before leaving the house for a two hour period in which no water is being used. When you return home, check the meter again – if it has changed, you have a leak.