Fix a Leak Week is March 14-20

(Courtesy of the town of Queen Creek)

(Courtesy of the town of Queen Creek)

 

The town of Queen Creek is encouraging residents to participate in Fix a Leak Week.

Fix a Leak Week is celebrated March 14-20 to help people identify household leaks, as household leaks waste more than 1 trillion gallons of water each year in the United States, according to a press release.

Sponsored by WaterSense, an Environmental Protection Agency partnership program, Fix a Leak Week serves as an annual reminder for residents to check household plumbing for leaks. Fixing household water leaks not only has a positive impact on the environment, it can also save money on water bills. The most common leaks are caused by worn toilet flappers, dripping faucets, and leaking showerheads.

To check for leaks in a home, first determine whether water is being wasted, then identify the source of the leak.

  • Take a look at your water usage during a colder month, such as January or February. If a family of four exceeds 12,000 gallons per month, there are serious leaks.
  • Check your water meter before and after a two-hour period when no water is being used. If the meter changes at all, you probably have a leak.
  • Identify toilet leaks by placing a drop of food coloring in the toilet tank. If any color shows up in the bowl after 10 minutes, you have a leak. (Be sure to flush immediately after the experiment to avoid staining the tank.)
  • Examine faucet gaskets and pipe fittings for any water on the outside of the pipe to check for surface leaks.

In addition to utilizing the helpful tips provided during Fix a Leak Week, the town encourages water conservation throughout the year, offering information on how to complete home water audit.

Additionally, the town offers a series of water-smart workshops. The next workshop, the ABC’s of Landscape Watering, will be held on April 23. Workshops are offered free of charge to town of Queen Creek utility customers, but advanced registration is required.

For more information, or to register, visit QueenCreek.org/WaterSmart.

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