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    Are you ready to chase down leaks? Household leaks can waste more than 1 trillion gallons of water annually nationwide? In fact, the average household leaks more than 10,000 gallons of water per year, or the amount of water it takes to wash 270 loads of laundry, and could be costing you an extra 10% on your water bills. Each year Bow Mar helps you hunt down the drips during Fix a Leak Week. Mark your calendars for EPA's ninth annual Fix a Leak Week which will take place March 20 through 26, but remember that you can find and fix leaks inside and outside your home to save valuable water and money all year long.


    Did you know that in just ten minutes, you can search your home for leaks and crack down on water waste.  Many common household leaks are quick to find and easy to fix.  Worn toilet flappers, dripping faucets, and leaking showerheads are all easily correctable and can save on your utility bill expenses and water in your community, a precious resource in Colorado.


    So put on your detective hat, lace up your running shoes, and take this 10-minute challenge to detect and chase down leaks!


    1.  Check Your Utility Bill - A place to start is to examine your utility bill for January or February. It’s likely that a family of four has a serious leak problem if its winter water use exceeds 12,000 gallons. You can also look for spikes - is your water use a lot higher this month than it was last month?


    2.  Check Your Water Meter - Check your water meter before and after a two-hour period when no water is being used. If the meter does not read exactly the same, you probably have a leak.


    3.  Take a Toilet Test - Put a few drops of food coloring into the tank at the back of your toilet and let it sit for 10 minutes. If color shows up in the bowl, you have a leak. Make sure to flush afterward to avoid staining, and consider replacing your old toilet flapper if it is torn or worn.


    4.  Listen - Are you hearing a drip drip drip somewhere? A leaky faucet that drips at the rate of one drip per second can waste more than 3,000 gallons per year. That's the amount of water needed to take more than 180 showers! A showerhead leaking at 10 drips per minute wastes more than 500 gallons per year. That's the amount of water it takes to wash 60 loads of dishes in your dishwasher.


    5.  Go Outdoors - Do you remember the last time you used your garden hose and it leaked out the spigot?  Chances are that it will still do the same thing this year if you didn’t fix it last year. This is an easy find and fix; replace the nylon or rubber hose washer and ensure a tight connection to the spigot using pipe tape and a wrench. Oh and if it’s the hose itself that is spraying water all over; give your wallet a gift by replacing the hose, it will pay for itself in no time.


    Want to learn more about finding leaks and saving money?  Check out the EPA’s WaterSense website at