Mar 03, 2017

Fix a Leak Week to Be Held March 20 to 26

EPA’s WaterSense educates customers on leak detection, prevention

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s WaterSense program announced that Fix a Leak Week will be held March 20 to 26, 2017. WaterSense seeks to encourage customers to detect leaks in their homes.

WaterSense partners and interested plumbers can kick off Fix a Leak Week during a "Twitter party" Monday, March 20, 2 to 3 p.m. EST. Participants can join the conversation and help generate buzz for water savings by tweeting the #FixaLeak hashtag during that time.

Every year, household water leaks are the culprit behind more than 1 trillion gal of water wasted across the country. The average household leaks more than 10,000 gal of water annually, enough to wash 270 loads of laundry. Common water leaks, including worn toilet flappers, dripping faucets, and leaking showerheads, can be stopped in their tracks with three simple steps: check, twist and replace.

  1. Check for toilet leaks using a few drops of food coloring in the tank. Wait 10 minutes; if color appears in the bowl before flushing, that's a clue the toilet has a leak.
  2. Twist faucet, shower and pipe connections tightly, or twist on a WaterSense labeled faucet aerator to save water and energy.
  3. 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.

Plumbers and others interested in encouraging leak detection with their customers can visit to download and post an infographic with "just the facts" on water leaks or a checklist to help customers look for leaks at home. For more information, contact the WaterSense Helpline at [email protected] or 866-WTR-SENS (987-7367).