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.