Fix a Leak Week

Did you know that an average household's leaks can account for more than 10,000 gallons of water wasted every year? Join EVWD during Fix a Leak Week every March to help chase leaks away with daily tips to help your home be leak free.

Water Saving Tips
Did you know that a leaky faucet that drips at the rate of 1 drip per second can waste more than 3,000 gallons per year? Leaky faucets can easily be fixed by checking on faucet washers and gaskets for wear. If replacing a faucet make sure to look for ones with the WaterSense Label.

Be on the lookout for irrigation leaks. An irrigation system should be checked each spring before use to make sure there are no leaks. A leak in an irrigation system about the thickness of a dime can waste about 6,300 gallons of water per month. That's the amount of water needed to take more than 360 showers.

Common household leaks like showerheads, toilets and faucets can be eliminated after retrofitting with new WaterSense labeled fixtures. To learn more about how you can get a rebate for a WaterSense toilet and showerhead visit our conservation rebate page.

Not sure if you have a leak? Try this, Check your water meter before and after a 2 hour period when no water is being used. Record the number on the meter before, and if after the 2 hour period the read is not exactly the same, you probably have a leak.

If your showerhead is leaking at 10 drips per minute you could be wasting more than 500 gallons per year. That's the same amount of water it takes to wash 60 loads of dishes in your dishwasher. You can end the waste by replacing that leaking showerhead with a new WaterSense approved showerhead and qualify for a $30 rebate from EVWD. Learn more about a showerhead rebate by visiting our rebate page.

Don't forget to check your garden hose for leaks. Check the hose for leaks at its connection to the spigot. If it leaks while you run your hose, replace the nylon or rubber hose washer and ensure a tight connections to the spigot using pipe tape and a wrench.

Want to learn more about how to be efficient in your home? Visit https://www3.epa.gov/watersense/our_water/fix_a_leak.html to learn more.