Fix a Leak Week – March 20-26, 2017

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Fix a Leak Week officially kicks off on March 20, 2017 in Sonoma County and across the nation. The annual water awareness campaign is sponsored nationally by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s WaterSense Program. Nationwide, more than 1 trillion gallons of water leak from homes each year. In California, it is estimated that 14 percent of homes have or have recently had a leak, representing up to 18 percent of household water use.

Join in and chase those leaks down with these leak fixing tips:

  • Download the Detect and Chase Down Leaks Checklist to see how you can quickly find leaks in your home in a few easy steps.
  • A running toilet can waste 200 gallons of water or more each day. Check your toilet for leaks. Learn how to do a toilet dye tab test.
  • Consider replacing your leaky toilet with a new, high-efficiency model that uses 1.28 gallons per flush or less. Find rebates from your water provider.
  • Check your garden hose for leaks at its connection to the spigot. If it leaks while you run your hose, replace the nylon or rubber hose washer and ensure a tight connection to the spigot using pipe tape and a wrench.
  • A water meter can be an invaluable tool to help track your water use and to find leaks. Learn how to read your water meter.
  • Leaky faucets can be fixed by checking faucet washers and gaskets for wear and replacing them if necessary.  A leaky faucet that drips at the rate of one drip per second can waste more than 3,000 gallons per year. That’s the amount of water needed to take more than 180 showers!
  • Learn more about the WaterSense Program

 

The Facts on Leaks