March 20-26 is annual Fix a Leak Week!
Household leaks can waste nearly 1 trillion gallons of water annually nationwide. Runoff from outdoor leaks can be especially harmful to the environment—carrying pollutants such as pet waste, trash, yard waste, fertilizers and pesticides into storm drains, affecting our watersheds.
The good news: there are so many ways you can prevent this from happening! Check out our tips on how you can prevent water waste and pollution:
- Check your irrigation system for broken sprinklers and adjust the timing to avoid over-watering
- Fix any broken sprinklers and replace leaking garden hoses to reduce your outdoor water leaks
- Adjust sprinkler heads so they don’t spray onto streets or sidewalks
- Replace old or worn-out toilet flappers (e.g., valve seal) and faucet washers and gaskets
- Fix leaky showerheads by making sure there is a tight connection between the showerhead and the pipe stem
To find out more on how you can track the leaks in your home, check out the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Detect and Chase Down Leaks at Home Checklist.