Fix a Leak Week
Did you know that an average household's leaks can account for more than 10,000 gallons of water wasted every year nationwide? Join EVWD during national Fix a Leak Week, March 14-20, 2022, to help chase leaks away with daily tips to help your home be leak-free.
Check out the tabs below for information on common indoor and outdoor leaks.
Common household leaks like showerheads, toilets, and faucets can be eliminated after retrofitting with new WaterSense labeled fixtures. To learn more about how you can get a rebate for a WaterSense toilet and showerhead, visit our conservation rebate page.
Did you know that a leaky faucet that drips at the rate of 1 drip per second can waste more than 3,000 gallons per year? Leaky faucets can easily be fixed by checking on faucet washers and gaskets for wear. If replacing a faucet make sure to look for ones with the WaterSense Label.
If your showerhead is leaking at 10 drips per minute you could be wasting more than 500 gallons per year. That's the same amount of water it takes to wash 60 loads of dishes in your dishwasher. You can end the waste by replacing that leaking showerhead with a new WaterSense approved showerhead and qualify for a $30 rebate from EVWD. Learn more about a showerhead rebate by visiting our rebate page.
Fixing a leaky toilet can help save up to 13,000 gallons of water a year. Identify toilet leaks by placing a drop of food coloring in the toilet tank. If any of the color shows up in the bowl after 10 minutes, you have a leak. Be sure to flush the toilet immediately after testing the toilet.
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Irrigation System Leaks
Be on the lookout for irrigation leaks. An irrigation system should be checked each spring before use to make sure there are no leaks. A leak in an irrigation system about the thickness of a dime can waste about 6,300 gallons of water per month. That's the amount of water needed to take more than 360 showers.
Garden Hose Leaks
Don't forget to check your garden hose for leaks. Check the hose for leaks at its connection to the spigot. If it leaks while you run your hose, replace the nylon or rubber hose washer and ensure a tight connection to the spigot using pipe tape and a wrench.