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Water Savings on Tap for Fix a Leak Week 2013

2013 March 14

By Kimberly Scharl

Fix a Week 2013 bannerMarch 18-24, 2013 is the EPA WaterSense program’s 5th annual Fix a Leak Week, a time when we remind you to check your household plumbing for leaks.  American households waste more than 1 trillion gallons of clean drinking water each year due to leaky pipes, toilets, showerheads and other fixtures. But fixing leaks can be easy and inexpensive, and can save you nearly 10 percent on utility bills!   Need some ideas to mark the occasion of Fix a Leak Week?   We’ve got some for you…

Save water in your own home!

Being handy around the house doesn’t have to be difficult. Common types of leaks found in the home are worn toilet flappers, dripping faucets, and other leaking valves.  These types of leaks are often easy to fix.  You might only need a few tools and hardware, and these fixes can pay for themselves in water savings.  Check out this video by Spartanburg Water on detecting a leaky toilet.

Check it out!

There are tons of events happening all over the country to celebrate Fix a Leak Week!  Here are two in the Mid-Atlantic Region:

Charlottesville, Virginia is hosting the “Fix a Leak Family 5k”, an event where runners and non-runners alike can learn about water conservation.  Besides the trail run itself, the event will feature local vendors and non-profits sharing information on water and energy savings.  This event is also featuring face painting, a DJ, and a nature trail making it fun for the whole family!

The West Virginia Public Service Commission in Charleston will be visiting local elementary schools to discuss the importance of water conservation with 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders. Hands-on demonstrations will illustrate scarcity of potable water, areas of the country where shortages of water are a problem, and how those shortages affect individuals in other regions of the country.

Do you know of other events happening near you next week?  Tell us about them in the comments!

Come Chat with Us!!!

To kick off Fix a Leak Week, WaterSense is holding its 2nd Annual Fix a Leak Week Twitter chat on Monday March 18th from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. Eastern.  Log into your Twitter account during that time and use the hashtag #fixaleak to tweet messages about your plans to make a difference during Fix a Leak Week!

Flo, our spokesgallon, will be joining in too!  Throughout the Twitter chat, we’ll be posting pictures of Flo as she travels around the Mid-Atlantic Region sharing water saving tips.  Here’s a sneak peak of Flo, can you guess where she is?

Our Spokesgallon Flo with the Liberty Bell

So join in the conversation!  Make sure to follow @EPARegion3 to catch all Flo’s journeys in our region, and follow @EPAwatersense and the #fixaleak hashtag to get more tips during the chat.

Take the Pledge!

Join us and thousands of your friends and neighbors in taking simple actions to save water.  Take the “I’m for Water” pledge, and make a resolution this year to save this precious resource.

For more information on Fix a Leak Week and the WaterSense program, go to  You can also follow WaterSense on Facebook and Twitter!  Make 2013 about water and take the pledge today!

Tell us how you are saving water this Fix a Leak Week in the comments!

About the Author: Kimberly Scharl has worked at the Environmental Protection Agency since 2010, after moving to Pennsylvania from Mississippi.  She is a financial analyst and project officer for the Water Protection Division, Office of Infrastructure and Assistance.  She is also the Regional Liason for the WaterSense Program.  Kim enjoys bowling and spending time with her family.

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  1. Ernest Martinson permalink
    March 14, 2013

    One way to fix a leak is to convert the flush toilet to a compost toilet. Then take a planned leak in the compost toilet. Excessive leaking can be diverted to urine fertilizer that would need to be diluted with rainwater to prevent nitrogen burning of plants.

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  2. Mary Lucas permalink
    April 1, 2013

    Just a comment to say that every little bit helps. Recently my family had a “leak” in the form of a running toilet – the seals were slightly gone and so it quietly trickled away to the tune of an extra $700 in one month on our bill! That’s a lot of wasted water. Regular monthly inspection seem like they might be a good idea. Cheers.
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  3. Rashell Smith permalink
    November 28, 2013

    Such type of programs will actually remind people to check for plumbing leaks in their systems. Many of us do not check all the plumbing items in our homes on regular basis. Even if a small leak is find out, then effective measures should be taken at that stage only to get rid of the future problem. The most common places of leaks are bathrooms and kitchen. Infrared cameras can also be used to detect moisture in ceilings or roofs to detect hidden leak problems. Hard water softeners should also be, so that water using appliances can work properly and there will be less problems of corrosion or leaks. Effective plumbing supplies should be used at homes. We have recently replaced our old plumbing supplies with south coast sales plumbing supplies. For further information you can have a look at

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  4. Claire permalink
    March 22, 2015

    Good tips! Absolutely every little drop helps saves money, that’s for sure.

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