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Fix a Leak Week a good time to save money, water


MADISON -- March is a good time to check for leaky toilets and faucets, which can waste up to 10,000 gallons of water a year.  A free inspection by participating plumbers during "Fix a Leak Week can help Wisconsin homeowners put an end to the drip and save water and money, state water officials say.

Fix a Leak Week, March 14-21, is sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's WaterSense program, and the Department of Natural Resources, the Public Service Commission and the state Division of Safety and Buildings.  These agencies are calling on all homeowners, renters and property managers to find and fix leaky toilets, faucets, shower heads and other fixtures.

"Leaks can add up to more than 10,000 gallons of water wasted in a home every year—that's enough to fill a backyard swimming pool," says Jeff Ripp, PSC water conservation coordinator.  "We encourage all homeowners, renters and property managers to do some detective work to find and fix leaks."

Shaili Pfeiffer, who coordinates outreach for the DNR's water conservation efforts, says that taking a few simple steps can help protect Wisconsin's drinking water and groundwater now and for future generations.  "It all adds up to help assure that future generations of Wisconsinites and our lakes, streams and springs have the water they need."

Plumbers from the Plumbing Heating Cooling Contractors Association of Wisconsin are also joining in the effort by offering a free leak detection home inspection during Fix a Leak week.

Click on the link associated with this page to find an area contractor.

"Ten percent of homes have leaks that waste 90 gallons or more per day," says Safety and Buildings Division plumbing products reviewer Jerry Thompson.  "Have your leaks fixed today by a licensed plumbing professional. You will save money in the long run."

March and other wintertime months are a good time to check for leaks because it's easier to detect them at this time of year.  Lawn watering is not occurring, so the usage levels reflected on a water meter represent household use, and higher-than-normal readings can signal a problem.

To help save water for future generations consumers can "check, twist, and replace": Check for leaks.  Look for dripping faucets, showerheads, and fixture connections.  Also check for toilets with silent leaks by putting a few drops of food coloring into the tank and seeing if it appears in the bowl before you flush.  Don't forget to check irrigation systems and spigots too. 

Twist and tighten pipe connections. To save more water without a noticeable difference in flow, twist on a WaterSense labeled faucet aerator.  

Replace the fixture if necessary.  Look for WaterSense labeled models, which are independently tested and certified to use 20 percent less water and perform as well as or better than standard models.

Online Reporter:  Cami Mountain

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