On Monday, Governor Doug Ducey proclaimed the third week of March as Fix a Leak Week. It is a time to remind all residents of Arizona to check their household fixtures and irrigation systems for common household leaks including dripping faucets, broken irrigation sprinklers, and worn-out toilet flappers to name a few. These leaks can make water bills spike and accounts for more than 1 trillion gallons of water wasted in the United States each year, equal to the annual household water use of more than 11 million homes.
HOW MUCH WATER DO LEAKS WASTE?
Here are the water facts:
A leaky faucet dripping at the rate of 1 drip per second can waste more than 3,000 gallons per year.
A shower leaking at 10 drips per minute wastes more than 500 gallons per year.
10% of homes have leaks that waste 90 gallons or more per day.
SO, WHAT CAN YOU DO?
Repair leaks by checking irrigation lines, pool equipment, toilet flaps, faucet washers and gaskets for wear and replace them if necessary.
NOT SURE WHERE TO BEGIN?
The Smart Home Water Guide is a mobile-friendly website that walks you step-by-step through the process of tracking down these leaks and providing links to helpful DIY repair videos.
Also to learn more about the week and how to chase down leaks, check out EPA WaterSense’s Fix a Leak Week page.