Florida’s Public Service Commission (PSC) is encouraging Floridians to spring into action and repair their dripping faucets and running toilets during the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Fix-a-Leak Week, March 17-23. Approximately 5 to 10 percent of American homes have severe water leaks that can drip away up to 90 gallons of water each day. That can amount to more than 32,000 gallons of wasted water every year--enough to fill about three backyard swimming pools!
Sponsored by EPA’s WaterSense program, the sixth annual Fix-a-Leak Week aims to curb both severe and typical household water leaks, which average 11,000 gallons of wasted water a year. When combined, that’s more than 1 trillion gallons of water leaked from U.S. homes each year, which equals the collective annual water use of Los Angeles, Chicago, and Miami.
“We encourage consumers to find the drips, fix the leaks, and save valuable water and money,” said PSC Chairman Art Graham. “To help you identify and get started on your water leak repairs, look for the water house illustration in our Drop by Drop brochure found on the PSC website.”
According to the EPA, fixing your plumbing and irrigation system leaks will lower your water bill by more than 10 percent. Repairing common household leaks is as easy as 1-2-3:
1. Check toilets for silent leaks by putting a few drops of food coloring in the tank and seeing if the color appears in the bowl before you flush. Don't forget to check irrigation systems and spigots, too.
2. Twist and tighten pipe connections. To save even more water without a noticeable difference in flow, twist in a WaterSense labeled faucet aerator or showerhead.
3. Replace the fixture if necessary. Look for the WaterSense label when replacing plumbing fixtures, which signifies the product has been certified to save water and perform well.
For more information on Fix-a-Leak Week visit www.epa.gov/watersense/fixaleak. To find the PSC’s Drop by Drop brochure and more water conservation information visit www.floridapsc.com and click on “Publications.”
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