Fix A Leak Week: Those Tiny Drips Can Add Up

Jennifer Bloodworth
March 14, 2019 - 12:00 pm
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HARRISBURG (NewsRadio 1020 KDKA) — It's Fix A Leak Week! The Pennsylvania Utility Commission reminds consumers to check their fixtures for leaks.

Federal estimates say 10 percent of U.S. households have leaks that waste 90 gallons of water per day, sometimes more. Average household leaks can waste more than 10,000 gallons of water every year.

The PUC and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency offer the following tips:

  • Review your water usage during a colder month, such as January or February. If a family of four exceeds 12,000 gallons per month, there are serious leaks.
  • 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.
  • Identify toilet leaks by placing a drop of food coloring in the toilet tank. If any color shows up in the bowl after 10 minutes, you have a leak. (Be sure to flush immediately after the experiment to avoid staining the tank.)
  • Examine faucet gaskets and pipe fittings for any water on the outside of the pipe to check for surface leaks.

More tips for finding leaks and saving water are available on the EPA’s WaterSense website.

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