Common household leaks waste more than 1 trillion gallons of water per year. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, that’s enough water for Chicago, Miami and Los Angeles combined.
That’s why during Fix-a-Leak Week, which runs March 14 through 20, the EPA is encouraging Americans to survey their homes to see what easily corrected leaks can be fixed. This simple act could help you save up to 12 percent on your water bills, not to mention help conserve water.
The EPA outlines some of the following tips:
Check for leaks. Check your irrigation systems and spigots to see if you have any leaks. Also, put a few drops of food coloring in your toilet bowl. If you flush and the color returns, you’ve got a silent leak.
Look into WaterSense products. WaterSense is an EPA-sponsored partnership that encourages water efficiency in a number of ways, including labeled products that meet performance criteria. Since 2006, the program has helped Americans save 46 billion gallons of water and about $343 million in water and sewer bills.
Replace fixtures. If necessary, replace your plumbing fixtures.
Join the EcoFlow Challenge. Earth911 is giving away 25 EcoFlow showerheads from Waterpik for you to review. More efficient showerheads, like this one, can help save water and money.