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    Drip…drip…drip…drip… How long have you been ignoring a dripping showerhead? How about a leaky spigot on the side of the house, or a running toilet? You might as well be pouring money down the drain, as fixing these types of easily-corrected household water leaks can save customers more than 10% on their water bills - and a precious natural resource according the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Indeed, the EPA estimates that household leaks waste more than one trillion gallons of water annually nationwide.


    Ready to chase down leaks? Hunt down drips during the EPA-sponsored Fix-a-Leak Week March 14–20 or simply check out the tips below to fix leaks and save valuable water and money any time of year.


    Common types of leaks found in the home are leaking toilet flappers, dripping faucets and other leaking valves. These types of leaks are easily repaired, requiring only a few tools and hardware, such as a wrench and drops of food coloring.


    Here’s how to identify and address leaks around your home:


    • Check your water meter before and after a two-hour period when no water is being used. If the meter changes at all, you probably have a leak.
    • Winter is a great time to check water usage. If a family of four exceeds 12,000 gallons per month in the winter, you probably have leaks.
    • Search for toilet leaks by placing a drop of food coloring in the toilet tank. If any color shows up in the bowl without flushing first, you have a leak. Be sure to flush immediately after your test to avoid staining the tank.


    If you discover a significant leak that merits replacement of an older toilet or bathroom sink faucet, consider a new WaterSense-labeled product that will not only put an end to your leak, but will also increase water efficiency by reducing water usage by 30% without a noticeable difference in flow.


    For more information about Fix-a-Leak Week, visit the WaterSense website at