Earth Gauge Tip of the Week — It’s Fix a Leak Week!

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March 12-18, 2012, is Fix a Leak Week! Did you know that common household leaks can waste, on average, more than 10,000 gallons of water per year, or enough to wash 10 months’ worth of laundry?

Viewer Tip:  It’s as easy as check-twist-replace to find and fix leaks at home:

1.  Check toilets for silent leaks by putting a few drops of food coloring in the tank. Wait 10 minutes before you flush; if color appears in the bowl, you have a leak.
2.  Twist and tighten pipe connections. To save even more water, twist in a WaterSense labeled faucet aerator or showerhead.
3.  Replace a fixture if you need to. Look for the WaterSense label when buying household plumbing products. They were independently certified to save water and perform well.

This information is provided by the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s WaterSense Program.