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U.S. EPA Reminds Us to Fix Water Leaks

EPA encourages Americans to save water during this year’s Fix a Leak Week.  No joke.

fixing house leaks
Is your house watertight?

The idea is to remind ourselves that there are many ways to save water.  Previously we reported on how to save billions of gallons of water per day, for instance.  And here is a list of easy ways to do just that, from Treehugger — assuming we all do these little things in concert.  Easier things are:

  1. don’t run the tap water when brushing teeth
  2. turn off the water while lathering hair and skin in the shower
  3. let the yellow mellow (not my favorite)

Personally I like weird ones, like this, from Mono Lake, Calif:

In the Bathroom
1. Put a plastic bottle or a plastic bag weighted with pebbles and filled with water in your toilet tank. Displacing water in this manner allows you to use less water with each flush. Saves 5 to 10 gallons a day. That’s up to 300 gallons a month, even more for large families. Better yet, for even greater savings, replace your water-guzzling five to seven gallon a flush toilet with a one and a half gallon, ultra-low flush model.

Read more from them here: http://www.monolake.org/about/waterconservation

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reminds us that easily corrected household leaks can increase homeowners’ water bills by 12 percent. To help consumers find and repair easy-to-fix leaks, the EPA is promoting the third annual Fix a Leak Week, March 14 – 20.

“When households have a leak, it’s not just a waste of water, it’s a waste of money,” EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson said.

If your wintertime water use for a family of four exceeds 12,000 gallons per month, your home may have a leak.

EPA’s Fix a Leak Week tips include:

– Check for leaks. Silent toilet leaks can be found by putting a few drops of food coloring into the tank and seeing if color appears in the bowl before you flush. Don’t forget to check irrigation systems and spigots, too.

– Twist and tighten pipe connections. To save even more water without a noticeable difference in flow, twist on a WaterSense labeled faucet aerator or showerhead.

– Replace the fixture if necessary. Look for the WaterSense label when replacing plumbing fixtures, which are independently certified to use 20 percent less water and perform as well as or better than standard models.

Since the program’s inception in 2006, EPA says that WaterSense has helped consumers save a cumulative 46 billion gallons of water and $343 million in water and sewer bills.

More information on Fix a Leak Week: http://www.epa.gov/watersense/fixaleak
More information on WaterSense: http://www.epa.gov/watersense

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