Leaks Can Run, but They Can’t Hide
Are you ready to chase down leaks? Household leaks can waste nearly 1 trillion gallons of water annually nationwide, so each year we hunt down the drips during Fix a Leak Week. Mark your calendars for EPA’s annual Fix a Leak Week, March 15 through 21, 2021—but remember that you can find and fix leaks inside and outside your home to save valuable water and money all year long.
Fixing household leaks not only saves water but reduces water utility bills—by about 10 percent. Be for water and start saving today with three simple steps: Check. Twist. Replace.
First, check your home for leaks. An easy way to start is to examine your winter water use. If it exceeds 12,000 gallons per month for a family of four, you probably have leaks. Walk around your home with eyes and ears open to find leaks, and don’t forget to check pipes and outdoor spigots. You can also detect silent toilet leaks, a common water-wasting culprit, by adding a few drops of food coloring to the toilet tank and waiting 10 minutes before flushing. If any color appears in the bowl during that time, your toilet has a leak. Visit www.epa.gov/watersense for do-it-yourself repair tips or contact a plumbing professional.
Apply pipe tape to be sure plumbing fixture connections are sealed tight and give leaking faucets and showerheads a firm twist with a wrench. If you can’t stop those drops yourself, contact your favorite plumbing professional. For additional savings, twist a WaterSense labeled aerator onto each bathroom faucet to save water without noticing a difference in flow. Faucet aerators cost a few dollars or less and can save a household more than 500 gallons each year—the amount of water it takes to shower 180 times!
If you just can’t nip that drip, it may be time to replace the fixture. Look for WaterSense labeled models, which use at least 20 percent less water and are independently certified to perform as well or better than standard plumbing fixtures. Replacing an old, inefficient showerhead with a WaterSense labeled model will shrink your household’s water footprint by 2,700 gallons annually while still letting you shower with power, thanks to EPA’s efficiency and performance criteria. With less hot water passing through, WaterSense labeled showerheads can also save enough energy to power a television for a year.
Because we want to ensure water supplies last for future generations, Cherokee County Water and Sewerage Authority is showing that we’re for water by supporting Fix a Leak Week.
Further celebrate Fix a Leak Week by participating in the Metro Water District’s 8th Annual Water Drop Dash, a 5K trail run, March 20th, 2021. This is a virtual and in-person event. In addition, the water festival that typically takes place is being replaced with virtual events throughout the week. Details about the Water Drop Dash and the Fix A Leak week virtual events can be found at https://www.waterdropdash.com/
For more information or to register for the race visit https://waterdropdash.com/race-information/
Want to do more? Join thousands of your neighbors by supporting the We’re for Water campaign, organized by WaterSense. Visit www.epa.gov/watersense and take the I’m for Water pledge or “like” WaterSense on Facebook to share why you’re for water and learn more water-saving tips: www.facebook.com/EPAwatersense.
For more information and tips about how to save water during Fix a Leak Week, visit http://www.epa.gov/watersense.
Here are the direct links to the virtual events created by CCWSA:
The 2 minute fix a leak family challenge
Hide-N-Go Seek Leak game