EPA’s Annual Fix a Leak Week Runs from
March 16-22, 2020
As an irrigation professional, what are you doing to combat water waste? If you’re not sure, then Fix a Leak Week is a great time to start!
According to the EPA, household leaks can waste more than 1 trillion gallons of water annually! That amounts to nearly 10,000 gallons of wasted water for the average household – enough water to wash 270 loads of laundry.
And just repairing a leaky toilet can save up to 500 gallons of water a day, the amount needed to fill the average backyard swimming pool.
Plugging Those Leaks!
Fix a Leak Week is the perfect time to check for leaky kitchen and bathroom faucets, malfunctioning toilets and errant irrigation systems. Let your customers know that, by fixing some of these easily corrected household leaks, they can save about 10 percent on their water bills!
Here are a couple of ways to identify water leaks:
Take a look at the water usage during a colder month, such as January or February. If a family of four uses more than 12,000 gallons per month, there are some serious leaks.
Check the water meter before and after a two-hour period when no water is being used. If the meter changes at all, there’s probably a leak.
Some Easy Fixes
There’s also a simple way to identify leaks in a toilet. Place a drop of food coloring in the toilet tank. If the color shows up in the bowl after 10 minutes, you have a leak. (This problem can often be fixed by simply replacing the flapper.)
Most faucet leaks can be fixed by replacing old and worn faucet washers and gaskets. For leaky shower heads, use pipe tape to secure the connection between the showerhead and the pipe stem.
For the EPA’s complete list of leak fixes, click here.
Calling All Irrigation Professionals!
Did you know, an irrigation system leak as small as 1/32nd of an inch in diameter (about the thickness of a dime) can waste about 6,300 gallons of water per month!?
Remind your customers that a residential irrigation system should be checked each spring before use to make sure it wasn’t damaged by frost or freezing.
If you’re WaterSense certified (see sidebar, above right), let them know that you’ve passed a government-approved certification program specifically focused on water efficiency. Not only can you help detect and correct leaks for them, but you can also make sure their systems operate as efficiently as possible.