Fix Leaks, Save Water

Did you know that leaks waste up to 12% of all water used at home? It’s true! That’s almost as much water as we use doing laundry each year.

Join us March 14 – 20 to take the #FixALeakWeek Challenge and check your home for the most common types of leaks. Do the Challenge all at once or pick one item each day to check off the list. When we all work together to use water wisely it adds up to make a big difference.  

Take the Fix a Leak Week Challenge 

  1. Learn the signs of a running toilet. If you hear or see your toilet tank refilling in between flushes, or if you need to jiggle the handle to stop the toilet water from running, you have a leak.  
     
  1. Check your toilet’s flapper. A worn-out flapper (the rubber stopper at the bottom of the tank) can cause a silent leak. Open the tank and see or feel the flapper for signs of wear.  
  1. Take care of faucet and shower drips. Dripping faucets and showerheads can add up. Just one drop every 2 seconds wastes more than 1,000 gallons per year. 
  1. Check your water bill. Pick a month like January or February when you didn’t use water outdoors. If a family of four uses more than 9,000 gallons or 12 CCFs of water in a month, you may have a leak.  
     
  1. Find hidden leaks with your water meter. Read your water meter before and after a two-hour period when no one is using water. If the number changes, you may have a leak. To learn more about using your water meter to find leaks visit savingwater.org.  

Finding and fixing leaks are impactful actions you can take to prevent water waste. In a single day, a running toilet can waste as much water as taking 15 showers. Find videos, tips, and tools online at savingwater.org