Fix a Leak Week Reminds Americans to 'Check, Twist, Replace'
WaterSense encourages consumers to identify and fix leaks around the home to save water
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has declared March 18 to 24, 2013, the fifth annual Fix a Leak Week, a time for Americans to find and fix leaks to stop wasting water. More than 1 trillion gal of water are lost annually nationwide due to easy-to-fix household leaks. Helping consumers identify leaks around the home can be as simple as reminding them to check, twist and replace:
- Check toilets for leaks by putting a few drops of food coloring into the tank; wait a few minutes and see if color appears in the bowl before you flush. If it does, there's a leak.
- Twist and tighten pipe connections; use pipe tape to correct leaky showerheads; or contact your favorite plumber to help stop drips. Do not forget to check hoses, spigots and irrigation systems.
- Replace fixtures if necessary with WaterSense-labeled models, which are independently certified to use 20% less water and meet strict performance criteria.
WaterSense partners will be promoting Fix a Leak Week in their communities next March.