IUB Supports Fix a Leak Week March 15-21
Annual program promotes water efficiency and conservation
(Des Moines) – Nearly a trillion gallons of water is wasted each year in the United States through minor residential drips and leaks, and 10 percent of homes nationally have leaks that waste 90 or more gallons of water a day, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
The Iowa Utilities Board joins the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners and the EPA’s WaterSense program partners in supporting Fix a Leak Week, March 15-21, 2021, and encourages Iowans to check for sources of home leaks to save water ― and money ― all year long.
The most common water leaks in homes are dripping faucets, worn toilet flappers, and faulty valves. The EPA reports that a shower dripping 10 times per minute wastes 500 gallons of water a year and a faucet dripping once per second leaks 3,000 gallons a year. Simple fixes to household leaks could save homeowners about 10 percent on their water bills.
- Check your water meter before and after a two-hour period when no water is used. A change in the meter reading indicates you could have a leak.
- Place a drop of food coloring in toilet tanks to check for leaks. Without flushing, wait 10 minutes to see if any color appears in the bowl. If it does, you have a leak.
- Observe faucet handles, gaskets and fittings for signs of water outside the pipe that could indicate a leak.
- Check landscape irrigation systems each spring before use to make sure no damage occurred from frost or freezing.
When replacing leaky plumbing fixtures or irrigation systems, look for the WaterSense logo to indicate a product meets EPA criteria for water efficiency and performance and is backed by independent, third-party certification.
Learn more about problematic leaks and water conservation at www.epa.gov/watersense.