Fix a Leak 2009
Take a Pledge to Fix a Leak!
How long have you been ignoring that pitter patter coming from the shower? How about the leaky spigot on the side of the house, or that running toilet? While leaks might sometimes seem like small problems, over time they can waste both valuable water resources and money. On average, a U.S. household can leak 11,000 gallons of water per year.
Household water leaks rob homeowners of 12 percent of their water bill through problems such as worn-out toilet flappers, dripping faucets, and leaking valves. As part of Fix a Leak Week, WaterSense asked for your commitment to repair some of these common household leaks. You responded by pledging to fix leaks that could total more than 5.5 million gallons of water! If everyone made good on their pledge that would be enough water to fill more than 550 backyard swimming pools!
If you discover a significant leak that merits fixture replacement, look for the WaterSense label when considering a new toilet or faucet, and you'll increase your home's water efficiency. WaterSense labeled faucets, for example, use 30 percent less water without a noticeable difference in flow, and they are available in hundreds of different styles.
So grab a wrench or contact your favorite handy person to address leaking toilets, faucets, and other plumbing fixtures around your home.
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