Students Challenged to Detect Water Leaks

To celebrate the EPA’s “We’re for Water” initiative, Citrus County Utilities has challenged 3rd, 4th and 5th grade classrooms to test toilets for leaks.  Students will use dye tablets to perform toilet leak checks at home.

This is a hands-on leak detection activity that teaches children and adults alike how to hunt for and fix household leaks.  Third grade teacher Shannon Taylor of Pleasant Grove Elementary said, “The kids … love (the classroom challenge) and love to know they can make a difference.”

Last year’s challenge attracted seventeen classes representing seven primary schools.  Together students tested 495 toilets and found eighty leaks that could save 16,000 gallons of water a day if fixed.

Teachers interested in participating in the 2017 challenge should send an email to [email protected] by April 12, 2017 that includes the school, teacher’s name, grade and the number of students.  The utility will respond by sending leak detection supplies for the challenge. All participating classrooms are entered into a chance drawing to win a pizza party.  For more information, contact Debra Burden at (352) 527-7684.