The sound of a dripping faucet or toilet "ghost" flushing can
keep anyone up at night. But it's not just the sound of wasted water
that's annoying. The average American household leaks more than 10,000
gallons of water each year, tacking an extra 10 percent on to homeowner's
water bills that no one wants to have to pay. On a national level it really
adds up, household water leaks account for more than 1 trillion gallons
of water lost each year! That's something that should keep everyone
up at night!
To help combat this epidemic, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's
WaterSense® program is encouraging American's to take a few minutes during the
Fix a Leak Week (March 17-23) to chase down and fix leaks in their homes.
Americans don't have to go the extra mile to find and fix leaks in
their homes. They can even take a few short cuts and just remember three
simple words - check, twist, replace. Next thing they know they'll
be off and running to a water-saving home!
Check the water meter before and after a two-hour period when no water is being
used. If the meter changes at all, there's probably a leak.
Twist faucet and showerhead fittings to make sure they're on tight. If there
is any water on the outside of the pipe check for surface leaks. Some
leaky showerheads can be fixed by making sure there is a tight connection
between the pipe stem and using pipe tape to secure it. And if that doesn't work...
Replace old, inefficient fixtures with WaterSense labeled models.
Selecting products (toilets, bathroom faucets, showerheads and urinals)
that have earned the WaterSense label doesn't just mean they save
water (they're all at least 20 percent more water-efficient) it also
means they're high performing. All WaterSense labeled products are
backed by independent testing and certification to ensure they perform
as well as or better than standard models. This means you don't have
to worry about the annoying drawbacks of the "low-flow" products
of the past. Remember those annoying drips and ghost flushes? That's
nothing when compared to a toilet that needs to be flushed multiple times
to do what it needs to do to get the job done. Choosing WaterSense labeled
products means everyone (the plumber and the homeowner!) can be confident
that the job will not only get done but ease stress on plumbing systems
To help Americans chase down those leaks WaterSense partners are getting
creative. In addition to sponsoring workshops, clinics, product rebates/give-a-ways
and even community races to raise awareness of leak detection and repair.
Find out if something is happening in your community by checking the 2014
Fix a Leak Week Event Map and join the race to fix leaks!
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