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Tuesday, March 16, 2021
Fix A Leak Week
Fix-a-Leak Week is an annual event sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) WaterSense Program. Columbus Water Works is a proud partner of this program, committed to educating our customers about the importance of finding small, often hidden leaks and repairing them in a timely manner.  Quick detection and repair of even the smallest leaks can help you save large amounts of water! For example, did you know that minor water leaks account for more than 1 trillion gallons of water waste each year? One small, easy fix can save a lot of money and water, if repaired immediately.

Fixing household leaks not only saves water but reduces water utility bills—by about 10 percent. Start saving today with three simple steps: Check. Twist. Replace.

1. Check
First, check your home for leaks. An easy way to start is to examine your water use. If it exceeds 12,000 gallons per month for a family of four, you probably have leaks. Search your home with eyes and ears open in order to find leaks, and don’t forget to check pipes and outdoor spigots. You can also detect silent toilet leaks, a common water-wasting culprit, by adding a few drops of food coloring to the toilet tank and waiting 10 minutes before flushing. If any color appears in the bowl during that time, your toilet has a leak. Visit www.epa.gov/watersense for do-it-yourself repair tips or contact a plumbing professional.

2. Twist
Apply pipe tape to ensure that plumbing fixture connections are sealed tight and give leaking faucets and showerheads a firm twist with a wrench. If you can’t stop those drops yourself, contact a plumbing professional.

3. Replace
When replacing a fixture, look for WaterSense labeled models, which use at least 20 percent less water and are independently certified. Replacing an old, inefficient showerhead with a WaterSense labeled model will shrink your household’s water footprint by 2,700 gallons annually. With less hot water passing through, WaterSense labeled showerheads can also save enough energy to power a television for a year.

To learn more about WaterSense and Fix a Leak Week visit https://www.epa.gov/watersense/fix-leak-week.

We encourage you to take the 10-minute leak challenge to test household leaks and potentially save you money.

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