As a way to remind Americans to save water, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will kick off its second annual WaterSense “Fix a Leak Week” on March 15-21, 2010.
Minor leaks from household plumbing fixtures and irrigation systems account for more than 1 trillion gallons of water wasted each year in U.S. homes—enough to supply Los Angeles, Chicago and Miami with their water needs for a year. EPA created this weeklong event to give its WaterSense utility, community, manufacturer, retail and professional partners a call to action to encourage saving water.
WaterSense is encouraging homeowners, do-it-yourselfers and plumbing professionals to help find and fix leaks by promoting the following tips:
- Reduce faucet leaks by checking faucet washers and gaskets for wear and, if necessary, replace the faucet with a WaterSense-labeled model.
- Replace worn rubber flappers, which can cause silent leaks in toilets.
- For a leaky garden hose, replace the nylon or rubber hose washer and ensure a tight connection to the spigot using pipe tape and a wrench.
- Check landscape irrigation systems each spring before use to make sure they are not damaged by frost or freezing.
- Remember to look for the WaterSense label if you have to replace a bathroom fixture.