The Florida Public Service Commission (PSC) is encouraging Floridians to find and repair leaks during the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Fix-a-Leak Week, March 16-22.
Household leaks can waste nearly 1 trillion gallons of water annually nationwide equaling the water use in 11 million plus homes.
According to the EPA, average household leaks can account for nearly 10,000 gallons of water wasted yearly, and 10 percent of homes have leaks wasting 90 gallons or more per day. The good news is many leaks inside and outside the home are often easy to fix.
Common types of leaks found in the home are worn toilet flappers, dripping faucets, and other leaking valves. Fixing these household water leaks can save homeowners about 10 percent on their water bills.
“Even the smallest leaks can waste thousands of gallons of water per year, so we encourage consumers to find the drips, fix the leaks, and save water and money,” said PSC Chairman Gary Clark. “Simply add checking for leaks and fixing them to your routine spring cleaning.”
Here are some helpful tips for finding leaks:
• Take a look at your water usage during a colder month, such as January or February. If a family of four exceeds 12,000 gallons per month, there are serious leaks.
• Check your water meter before and after a two-hour period when no water is being used. If the meter changes, you probably have a leak.
• Identify toilet leaks by placing a drop of food coloring in the toilet tank. If any color shows up in the bowl after 10 minutes, you have a leak. (Be sure to flush immediately after the experiment to avoid staining the tank.)
• Examine faucet gaskets and pipe fittings for any water on the outside of the pipe to check for surface leaks.
The PSC makes your job easier with helpful guidelines found in its Drop by Drop brochure. Find more information on Fix a Leak Week here.
For additional information, visit www.floridapsc.com.
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