Fix a Leak Week is Here! March 14 - 20

Posted Tuesday, March 22, 2022

Drip. Drip. Drip. According to the US Environmental Protection Agency, the average household leaks nearly 10,000 gallons of water each year, or the amount of water it takes to wash 300 loads of laundry.

Beat the Leak: Check, Twist & Replace!

10-Minute ChallengeIf that doesn’t seem like a lot, consider that across the country, easy-to-fix household leaks can add up to more than one trillion gallons of water lost every year.

Fixing household leaks not only saves water but reduces water utility bills — by more than 10%. Be for water and start saving today with three simple steps: Check. Twist. Replace.

1. Check. First, check your home for leaks. An easy way to start is to examine your winter water use. If it exceeds 12,000 gallons per month, you probably have leaks. Walk around your home with your eyes and ears open to find leaks, and don’t forget to check pipes and outdoor spigots.

You can also detect silent toilet leaks, a common water-wasting culprit, by adding a few drops of food coloring to the toilet tank and waiting 10 minutes before flushing. If any color appears in the bowl during that time, your toilet has a leak.

2. Twist. Apply pipe tape to ensure plumbing fixture connections are sealed tight and give leaking faucets and showerheads a firm twist with a wrench. Contact your favorite plumbing professional if you can’t stop those drops yourself.

For additional savings, twist an aerator onto each bathroom faucet to save water without noticing a difference in flow. Faucet aerators cost a few dollars or less and can save a household more than 500 gallons each year — enough to do 14 loads of laundry.

3. Replace. If you just can’t nip that drip, it may be time to replace the fixture. Look for WaterSense labeled models, which use at least 20% less water and are independently certified to perform as well or better than standard plumbing fixtures.

Replacing an old, inefficient showerhead with a WaterSense labeled model will shrink your household’s water footprint by 2,300 gallons annually while still letting you shower with power, thanks to EPA’s efficiency and performance criteria. With less hot water passing through, WaterSense labeled showerheads can also save enough energy to power a television for a year.