Feb 17, 2016

Tackle Household Leaks During EPA's 'Fix a Leak Week'

The average American household leaks more than 10,000 gal of water every year

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Each year in the U.S., leaks rob homes of more than 1 trillion gal of water. To help Americans stop water waste, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) WaterSense program is challenging Americans to become "leak detectives" during the eighth annual Fix a Leak Week, March 14 to 20, 2016.

The average household leaks more than 10,000 gal of water every year, or the amount needed to wash 270 loads of laundry. Common household leaks—worn toilet flappers, dripping faucets and leaking showerheads—can waste about 10% of a family's water bills. EPA encourages consumers to follow these clues to save water:

  • Check for silent toilet leaks with a few drops of food coloring in the tank at the back of a toilet; wait 10 minutes before flushing, and if the color appears in the bowl, it's a leak.
  • Twist faucet, shower and pipe connections tightly to avoid water loss, or twist on a WaterSense-labeled faucet aerator to save water and energy.
  • Replace old, leaky fixtures with WaterSense labeled models, which are independently certified to use less water and perform as well as or better than standard models.

WaterSense invites its partners and interested plumbers to kick off the week with a "Twitter party" on Monday, March 14, from 2 to 3 p.m. EDT. During the Twitter party, participants can tweet using the #FixaLeak hashtag or follow @EPAwatersense to join the conversation. Plumbers also can access tools to promote Fix a Leak Week to their customers by contacting the WaterSense Helpline at [email protected] or 866.987.7367.

For more information about Fix a Leak Week, visit www.epa.gov/watersense/fixaleak.