Monday, March 12, 2012
In New Mexico, March 12-18, 2012, has been declared “Fix A Leak Week.”
Reward yourself and begin decreasing water waste at home and work by identifying and repairing water leaks.
During Fix A Leak Week, kits containing valuable information about detecting and fixing leaks, as well as dye tablets to identify toilet leaks, can be obtained through the Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority.
The campaign reminds all that fixing leaks to household plumbing fixtures and irrigation systems lessens the drain on the state’s water supply, and also saves money.
The Facts on Leaks:
- Leaks can account for, on average, 10,000 gallons of water wasted in the home every year, which is enough to fill a backyard swimming pool.
- The amount of water leaked from U.S. homes could exceed more than 1 trillion gallons per year. That's equivalent to the annual water use of Los Angeles, Chicago, and Miami combined.
- Ten percent of homes have leaks that waste 90 gallons or more per day.
- Common types of leaks found in the home include leaking toilet flappers, dripping faucets, and other leaking valves. All are easily correctable.
- Fixing easily corrected household water leaks can save homeowners more than 10 percent on their water bills.
- Keep your home leak-free by repairing dripping faucets, toilet valves, and showerheads. In most cases, fixture replacement parts don't require a major investment and can be installed by do-it-yourselfers.
- The vast majority of leaks can be eliminated after retrofitting a household with new WaterSense labeled fixtures and other high-efficiency appliances.
A water meter keeps track of how much water passes into your home. The readings from your water meter determine the amount that you are billed for water usage by your water utility. The water meter and the water bill can be valuable tools in determining if you have any water leaks.
Courtesy of www.fixaleaknm.org
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