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Fix a Leak Week

"Fix a Leak Week" is here to spread awareness about the amount of water wasted in our homes as a result of leaky pipes.

Tucson Water is partnering with the EPA's WaterSense Division to promote the event, from March 17-23.

The average household's leaks can account for over 10,000 gallons of lost water every year, while the top 10 percent of households had leaks that wasted nearly 33,000 gallons yearly, according to a report by WaterSense.

Fixing easily corrected dripping faucets and leaking shower heads can save homeowners up to 10 percent on water bills.

"There are a number of ways to check for a household water leak. Drop a blue dye tab in a toilet tank. If the bowl water also turns blue, the toilet flapper is leaking. Make sure the water is turned off in the house, then check the water meter for any movement. These are things homeowners can do on a regular basis," said Fernando Molina, Tucson Water spokesman in a press release.

To learn more about how to save water and money, check out “Fix a Leak Week.”  The web page has links to calculators for measuring the impact of drips and leaks, “Family Fact Sheets” in English and Spanish for finding and fixing leaks, and an activity learning page for kids.

Leak Detection: 

  • Check Winter water usage, if in excess of 12,000 a month, a leak may be present. 
  • Check water meter before and after a two-hour period when no water is being used. If meter does not read exactly the same, a leak may be present.
  • To find a toilet leak, place a drop of food coloring in toilet tank. If the color shows up in the bowl within 15 minutes without flushing, a leak may be present. 

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