Leaks Can Run, But They Can’t Hide From Leak Detectives

By Dr. Mark LeChevallier – March 14, 2016 – Comment

It’s once again time for the U.S. EPA and their WaterSense® partners’ annual Fix a Leak Week awareness initiative happening from March 14-20. A little detective work during this week can have big benefits through the rest of the year, and just like any good sleuth, it’s important to know the facts about what you’re tracking down and then the right tools to handle a problem.

The Facts:

  • Household leaks can waste more than 1 trillion gallons annually nationwide. That’s equal to the annual household water use of more than 11 million homes.
  • Ten percent of homes have leaks that waste 90 gallons or more per day.
  • An average household’s leaks can account for more than 10,000 gallons of water wasted every year, equal to the amount of water needed to wash 270 loads of laundry.
  • Common types of leaks found in the home (that are relatively easy to correct) include worn toilet flappers, dripping faucets, and other leaking valves.
  • Fixing easily corrected household water leaks can save homeowners about 10 percent on their water bills.

The Tools:

  • Our Fix a Leak Week Infographic: this single-page resource offers valuable tips for detecting and repairing leaks in and around your home
  • Downloadable Water Leak Detection Kit: a helpful guide for locating indoor and outdoor water leaks, as well as a cutout water shut-off valve tag
  • How to fix a leak: info from WaterSense

You don’t need a private eye license, a magnifying glass, or a trench coat to make the case during Fix a Leak Week. Every leak detected and repaired is another step forward in finding a solution to the 1 trillion gallons of water wasted per year, and restoring the health of our precious water resources.