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03/14/2016 Contact: 850-413-6482

Fix a Leak Week: PSC Offers Easy Repairs to Save Valuable Water and Money

TALLAHASSEE — Have you inspected your household plumbing recently? Since leaks waste more than one trillion gallons of water annually nationwide…equaling the water use of more than 11 million homes…the Florida Public Service Commission (PSC) is highlighting Fix a Leak Week 2016, March 14-20.  

Sponsored by EPA’s WaterSense program, the eighth annual Fix a Leak Week encourages consumers to find and fix household leaks to save valuable water and money. Ten percent of homes have leaks that waste 90 gallons of water per day. If left unrepaired, these leaks waste more than 30,000 gallons a year, enough water to wash more than 800 loads of laundry! 

“Include inspecting your household fixtures and irrigation systems on your annual spring cleaning list,” said PSC Chairman Julie Brown. “The PSC makes this detective job easier for you with helpful guidelines found in our Drop by Drop brochure. A few simple repairs can save water and reduce your utility bill year round.”

According to the EPA, fixing your water leaks can lower your water bill by more than 10 percent. Here are a few easy repairs for common household leaks:

1.  CHECK toilets for silent leaks by putting a few drops of food coloring in the tank to see 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.

Find more information on Fix a Leak Week here.

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