Fix a Leak Week
The average American household wastes nearly 10,000 gallons each year from easy-to-fix water leaks—that’s the amount of water needed to wash 300 loads of laundry.
Citrus County BOCC Proclaims March 15 through 21, 2021 as “Fix a Leak Week”
If that doesn’t seem like a lot, consider that across the country, easy-to-fix household leaks can add up to nearly 1 trillion gallons of water lost every year.
As part of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) WaterSense® program, the Citrus County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) proclaimed March 15 through 21, 2021 as Fix a Leak Week in Citrus County to encourage its citizens to remember the easy steps they can take to help save water in their community now and for future generations.
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.
· Check: 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 and you did not run the irrigation system, you may have leaks. Walk around your home with eyes and ears open to find leaks, and don’t forget to check pipes and outdoor spigots. Run the irrigation system in test mode and walk each zone looking for broken or leaky heads. 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.
· Twist: 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! Citrus County Utilities distributes free aerators at the Lecanto Government Building.
· Replace: 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. Citrus County Utilities also distributes free showerheads at the Lecanto Government Building. These showerheads fit most fixtures, except for hand-held models.
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 on Fix a Leak Week, visit www.epa.gov/watersense.