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Students Challenged to Detect Toilet Leaks in Citrus County

By Florida's Original NatureCoaster™ Posted on March 3, 2018

Citrus County Utilities is hosting its fourth Classroom Leak Detection Challenge for 3rd, 4th and 5th grade classrooms.  This annual event celebrates the EPA’s “We’re for Water” initiative by challenging students to test their home toilets for leaks.  All necessary supplies are provided by the utility.

This is a hands-on leak detection activity that teaches children and adults alike how to find and fix toilet leaks.  In 2017, fifth grade science teacher Kathy Kopp of Forest Ridge Elementary said, “The students were surprised to learn that toilet leaks occur within the tank and bowl, not necessarily outside the toilet leaking water on the floor.” Kopp added that the experience “gave students a real-life activity to share with their parents and other family members.”

Twenty-nine classes tested 593 toilets during the 2017 challenge.  Students found ninety-one leaky toilets with an estimated saving of more than 18,000 gallons of water a day when fixed.

This is a fun and engaging event with free shower timers for students of participating classrooms.  All classes are also entered into a chance drawing to win a pizza party.

Teachers interested in participating in the 2018 challenge should send an email to [email protected] by April 17, 2018 that includes the school, teacher name, grade and the number of students.  The utility will mail detection supplies directly to the school. For more information, contact Debra Burden at (352) 527-7684.


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