Did you know that an American home can waste, on average, more than 10,000 gallons of water every year due to running toilets, dripping faucets, and other household leaks? That’s equivalent to the water needed to wash 280 loads of laundry, take more than 600 showers or meet the average family's water needs for a month.
Wow! I wonder how much of our monthly water bill is due to senseless water loss like this?
Nationwide, more than 1 trillion gallons of water leak from U.S. homes each year.
That’s why the EPA’s WaterSense program reminds Americans to check their plumbing fixtures and irrigation systems each year during Fix a Leak Week, a promotion across the United States to help us all understand more about leak detection, prevention and education.
She Is Dallas Info: If you are on Twitter, please join the EPA WaterSense for their Twitter Party to launch Fix a Leak Week. Drop in on the party on March 12th from 1-2pm CST by following the hashtag #fixaleak. For more information, please visit the EPA WaterSense website. You can also follow WaterSense on Facebook and WaterSense Twitter.
To make the Pledge to say, “I’m for Water!”, please visit the EPA WaterSense website.
Then takes these easy steps to reduce water waste and even lower your monthly water bill:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
I personally find that my kids are one of our biggest culprits for wasting water. Check out the WaterSense for Kids pages where you’ll find a fun online game for kids and under Teacher Resources there are activity sheet and educational materials to help children understand the importance of conservation.
WaterSense also offers some great tips on minimizing water use in these landcaping tips.
Take a moment and make the pledge then look for a few minor repairs around your house that could save some water and a few dollars off your monthly water bill.