Save Water During Fix a Leak Week, March 18-24

Nearly 1 trillion gallons of water are wasted in U.S. homes each year from easy-to-fix leaks. That’s why the Water Authority is participating in Fix a Leak Week, March 18 through 24, 2019, and we encourage you to join us.

Sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) WaterSense® program, Fix a Leak Week is an opportunity to improve the water efficiency of your home by finding and fixing leaks. In the average home, household leaks waste more than 10,000 gallons of water each year. That’s the amount of water needed to wash 270 loads of laundry.

How to identify leaks around your home:

  • Winter months are the prime time to check water use and see if you may have a leak. If a family of four exceeds 12,000 gallons per month in the winter, you probably have leaks.
  • Check your water meter before and after a two-hour period when no water is being used. If the meter changes at all, you probably have a leak.
  • Identify toilet leaks by placing a drop of food coloring in the toilet tank. If any color shows up in the bowl after 10 minutes, you have a leak. 
  • Examine faucet gaskets and pipe fittings for any water on the outside of the pipe to check for surface leaks. 

How to fix common leaks around your home:

  • Toilet leaks: Old or worn-out toilet flappers can cause leaks. Flappers are inexpensive rubber parts that can build up minerals or decay over time. Replacing them can be a quick and easy fix to your water woes. 
  • Faucet leaks: Old and worn faucet washers and gaskets frequently cause leaks. A leaky faucet that drips at the rate of one drip per second can waste more than 3,000 gallons per year. That's the amount of water needed to take more than 180 showers.
  • Showerhead leaks: A showerhead leaking at 10 drips per minute wastes more than 500 gallons per year. That's the amount of water it takes to wash 60 loads of dishes in the dishwasher. Some leaky showerheads can be fixed by making sure there is a tight connection between the showerhead and the pipe stem and by using pipe tape to secure it. 
  • Outdoor leaks: Check irrigation systems each spring before use to make sure it wasn't damaged by frost. An irrigation system that has a leak 1/32nd of an inch in diameter can waste about 6,300 gallons of water per month. 

For more information and tips about how to save water, go to epa.gov/watersense.