Did you know that more than 1 trillion gallons of water are wasted in U.S. homes each year from easy-to-fix leaks? That’s why Charleston Water System is participating in Fix a Leak Week, March 16 to 20, 2009, and we encourage you to join us!
Sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) WaterSense® program, this week is an opportunity to improve the water efficiency of your home by checking for and fixing leaks, which waste an average of 11,000 gallons of water per home each year. That’s more than enough water to fill up a backyard swimming pool!
Read Fix a Leak Week press release
Here’s how to find and fix leaks around your home:
- 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.
- To determine if you have a leak, now is a great time to check water usage. If a family of four exceeds 12,000 gallons per month in the winter, you probably have leaks!
- Search for toilet leaks by placing a drop of food coloring in the toilet tank. If any color shows up in the bowl without flushing first, you have a leak. (Be sure to flush immediately to avoid staining the tank.)
- If you decide it’s time for a new commode or faucet, look for WaterSense labeled products, which use 20 percent less water and perform as well or better than standard models. The vast majority of leaks can be eliminated after retrofitting a household with new WaterSense labeled fixtures and other high-efficiency appliances.
Fix a Leak Week is March 16 to 20, 2009. Grab a wrench or contact your favorite handy person, plumber, or WaterSense irrigation partner to address leaking toilets, faucets, and irrigation systems around your home. Visit the WaterSense web site to learn more.
Charleston Water System is a proud WaterSense partner
When replacing plumbing fixtures, look for WaterSense labeled toilets and faucets—they’ve been independently tested and certified to save water and perform as well as or better than standard models.
Find WaterSense labeled products.