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Fix small household leaks during Fix a Leak Week

Posted March 17, 2017

The Water Department is working to help raise awareness about saving water with several events for Fix a Leak Week, March 20-26.

Nationwide, household water leaks account for more than 1 trillion gallons of water wasted each year. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Fix a Leak Week encourages residents to check common locations of leaks: household fixtures and irrigation systems.

The city’s Fix a Leak Week events will be held at:

  • Chasing Leaks 5K Run at Trinity Park Pavilion No. 1 from 8 a.m. to noon March 18
  • La Gran Plaza (stage area) from 2 to 6 p.m. March 20 and 21
  • Water Gardens from 4 to 6 p.m. March 24 and from 8 a.m. to noon March 25.

Residents can catch an art exhibit highlighting the importance of saving every drop of water created by local students and receive a free kit to help find and fix leaks at home at the events.

“Leaks can account for more than 10,000 gallons of water wasted in an average home every year — the amount of water it takes to wash 270 loads of laundry,” said Micah Reed, Fort Worth’s Water Conservation Section manager. “As a WaterSense partner, we are encouraging residents to find and fix leaks to save water in our community.”

To help save water for future generations, city officials are asking residents to check, twist and replace:

  • Check for leaks. Look for dripping faucets, showerheads, sprinklers and other fixtures. Also check for toilets with silent leaks by putting a few drops of food coloring into the tank, waiting 10 minutes, and seeing if color appears in the bowl before you flush. Don’t forget to check irrigation systems and spigots, too.
  • Twist and tighten hose and pipe connections. To save water without a noticeable difference in flow in your bathroom, twist on a WaterSense labeled faucet aerator.
  • Replace the fixture if necessary. Look for WaterSense-labeled models, which are independently certified to use 20 percent less water and perform as well as or better than standard models.

In many cases, fixture replacement parts pay for themselves quickly and can be installed by handy do-it-yourselfers or local plumbing professionals. Irrigation professionals certified through a WaterSense labeled program can also check your systems for leaks.

Visit the EPA website to find WaterSense labeled products or an auditor in your area.

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