Vista, CA – Ten years ago, the EPA’s WaterSense program, began the annual Fix a Leak Week project. It’s an opportunity to remind consumers, building owners, and managers of the many ways they can help reduce water consumption and save money, simply by plugging up leaks.
This year, Fix a Leak Week begins Sunday, March 18 and runs through Sunday, March 25.
Just to see how much water can be lost to leaks, during Fix a Leak Week a couple of years ago, the Phoenix, AZ water department selected one house where they found two toilets, two faucets, and one showerhead, all of which had slow dripping leaks.
At the end of one week, it was determined that more than 200 gallons of water had essentially dripped away. This means that in 52 weeks, more than 10,000 gallons of water were lost to leaks just in this one house. According to the EPA, this is not unusual.
The average U.S. household loses about 11,000 gallons of water per year to leaks. If fact, for some consumers, 12 percent of their annual water bill is just to cover water lost to leaks.
“Multiply this times millions of leaking bathroom and restroom fixtures around the country,” says Klaus Reichardt, CEO and founder of Waterless Co. “Then you see how billions of gallons of water are lost every year due to leaky fixtures. The costs for these leaks is staggering as well.”
We should note that the average cost of 1000 gallons in the U.S. is now $9.00, and going up. This means leaks are not only a waste of water, but a big and growing waste of money as well.
To get the message out, and encourage more homeowners as well as the owners and managers of commercial facilities, to pay closer attention to water leaks and repair them, several cities around the country have special events planned.
Just to give you some ideas for your own project, some of the programs that have proven to be most successful in the past include the following:
Dallas. The “Great Dallas Fix a Leak Roundup” a couple of years back focused on helping qualified low-income residents improve the water efficiency of their toilets, showerheads, and faucets. More than 100 households were served, having their leaking fixtures replaced or repaired.
Milwaukee. This city thought it would be a good idea to get students involved in the Fix a Leak Week program. Students were encouraged to make posters, videos, and artwork, all presenting the need to fix leaks and use water more efficiently. These were put on display on the city’s waterfront.
San Antonio. This city decided to test how smart their citizenry was about water leaks and water in general. Residents were asked to answer questions about water leaks and on ways to save water. Those that passed the test qualified to earn credits, reducing their water bill, or receive a free water efficient toilet.
While urinals for commercial facilities have not necessarily been the focus of Fix a Leak Week programs, they should be. Urinals can leak water if their flush handles have been tampered with or just from age and use.
Very often, when this is discovered, and because repairs to urinal flush handles can be so costly, many building managers decide to consider installing no-water urinal systems. Not only do no-water urinals save thousands of gallons of water annually, but there are never any concerns about leaks. No water means no leaks.
For more information on Fix a Leak Week, visit: https://www.epa.gov/watersense/fix-leak-week
For more information on ways to reduce water consumption throughout the year and never have to worry about urinal leaks every again, contact a Waterless Co., representative.