It's time to repair dripping faucets, running toilets, and leaky showerheads as San Marino and other local cities like Bradbury and Duarte have proclaimed March 12-18 "Fix a Leak Week."
"Minor water leaks account for more than one trillion gallons of water wasted each year in U.S. homes, so the EPA launched "Fix a Leak Week" in order to raise awareness of water waste and water-wise practices," California American Water said in a press release in the Wall Street Journals' Market Watch.
California American Water is partnering with the EPA's program to encourage cities in its Los Angeles County service district, such as San Marino, to participate.
Last July , implementing nine out of 19 water conservation measures named by the club. A California American Water representative said at the time that he was surprised by the ranking.
Water Saving Tips
California American Water recommends the following tips to help save water lost by leaks:
- Regularly check your toilet, faucets, and pipes for leaks. California American Water offers leak detection kits, which are available at its local office located at 8657 Grand Avenue, Rosemead, between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:25 p.m., or by calling (626) 614-2536.
- Reduce faucet leaks by checking faucet washers and gaskets for wear and replace them, or, if necessary, replace the faucet with a WaterSense labeled model.
- Leaky toilets are most often the result of a worn toilet flapper. Replacing the rubber flapper is a quick fix that could save a home up to 200 gallons of water per day.
- For a leaky garden hose, replace the nylon or rubber hose washer and ensure a tight connection to the spigot using pipe tape and a wrench.
- Tighten connections on your showerheads if drips appear when the shower is off.
- Check your garden and lawn irrigation system for leaks, or hire a certified WaterSense expert to check it for you.