Water leaks in your home can account for, on annual average, 10,000 gallons of wasted water, enough to fill a backyard swimming pool. Florida’s Public Service Commission (PSC) urges, “Don’t fill another swimming pool, this year, unless it’s your own!”
Why not fix your leaks during Fix a Leak Week, March 14-20, sponsored each spring by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) WaterSense Program. Each year, more than one trillion gallons of water is wasted in U.S. homes, and Fix a Leak Week serves as a reminder to check for leaks in your plumbing and irrigation systems.
“Fixing easily corrected household water leaks can save homeowners more than 10 percent on their water bills,” said PSC Chairman Art Graham. “We encourage consumers to keep their homes leak-free by repairing dripping faucets, toilet valves, and showerheads.”
The PSC’s DROP BY DROP brochure, available on line at http://www.floridapsc.com/publications/consumer/brochure/WaterHouse.pdf, provides helpful water conservation tips and an illustrated water house to help consumers identify areas both inside and outside the home where saving water is easy and effective. Common fixes include replacing or repairing dripping faucets, running toilets, and leaky showerheads, which quickly pay for themselves through lower water bills.
Here are a few tips to get you started:
Reduce faucet leaks by checking faucet washers and gaskets for wear and, if necessary, replace the faucet with a WaterSense labeled model.
Leaky toilets are most often the result of a worn toilet flapper. Replacing the rubber flapper is a quick fix that could save a home with a constantly running toilet up to 200 gallons of water per day.
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.
Landscape irrigation systems should be checked each spring before use to make sure they are not damaged by frost or freezing.
Not sure if you have a water leak? Check your water meter before and after a two-hour period when no water is being used. If the meter does not read exactly the same, you probably have a leak. Also, check your water bill to monitor monthly household usage. If winter water use exceeds 12,000 gallons per month for a family of four, it’s likely that there’s a water leak.
For more information on Fix a Leak Week, visit www.epa.gov/watersense/fixaleak. For more information on water conservation, visit www.floridapsc.com and click on “Publications.”
The PSC facilitates safe and reliable utility services at fair prices for Florida's consumers. Primary responsibilities include setting fair rates, encouraging competition, and monitoring for safety and reliability.