Fix a Leak Week Runs from
March 15-21, 2021
As an irrigation professional, fighting water waste is part of your job description. The EPA’s annual Fix a Leak Week is a great time for you to remind your customers of that.
Irrigation System Leaks
An irrigation system leak as small as 1/32nd of an inch (about the thickness of a dime) can waste around 6,300 gallons of water per month! So take time this month to remind your customers about the importance of a spring checkup. Residential irrigation systems should be inspected prior to startup to make sure the components haven’t been damaged by frost or freezing weather.
Are You WaterSense Certified?
Have you taken the time to become WaterSense certified? If not, why not?
Certification entitles you to exclusive benefits. Such as:
- Inclusion in the EPA’s online Directory of Certified Professionals.
- Work opportunities for federal facilities, new home projects, and LEED® projects.
- Use of the WaterSense label on business cards and other marketing items.
- Increased exposure to potential customers through national EPA recognition as an environmental steward.
- Access to helpful EPA tools and other resources.
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If you’re WaterSense certified (see sidebar at right), let your customers know that you’ve passed an EPA-recommended program specifically focused on water efficiency. Not only can you help identify and correct any irrigation system leaks, but you can also make sure their system is operating at peak performance.
More than 340 spray sprinkler bodies and almost 800 irrigation controllers have been certified by WaterSense as the most water-efficient products. You’ll want to carry a wide assortment of these products for your customers.
Other Household Leaks
Did you know that repairing a single leaky toilet can save up to 500 gallons of water a day? That’s the amount needed to fill the average backyard swimming pool.
By reminding your customers to check for leaky faucets and showerheads, and malfunctioning toilets, you’ll demonstrate that you’re serious about water efficiency.
Your customers can expect to save about 10 percent on their water bills simply by fixing minor household leaks. Here’s how:
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Inform your customers of these simple ways to detect water leaks:
Take a look at your water usage during January or February. If it’s more than 12,000 gallons per month (for a family of four), you have some serious leaks.
Check your water meter before and after a two-hour period of no water usage. If the meter changes at all, you’ve probably got a leak.
To identify leaks in a toilet, place one drop of food coloring in the toilet tank. Wait 10 minutes, then check the bowl. If the color shows up, you have a leak.
Some Simple Fixes
Leaky toilets can often be fixed simply by replacing the flapper.
For most faucet leaks, simply replace old or worn faucet washers and gaskets.
Got a leaky showerhead? Use plumber’s tape to secure the connection between the fixture and the pipe stem.
For more leak fixes, check out the WaterSense website.