Could Your Water Leaks Fill A Swimming Pool?

The surprising answer is, “Yes.” According to the Enviromental Protection Agency (E.P.A.) easy-to-fix water leaks in an average household can waste, 10,000 gallons of water a year, enough to fill up a swimming pool. To help homeowners become more aware of leaks and get them fixed the E.P.A. has designated March 15-21 as Fix A Leak Week.

Nationwide it is estimated that greater than 1 trillion gallons of water are wasted from homes each year due to easy to fix water leaks. This may seem hard to believe but little drips add up.

Take this into consideration:

  • A faucet leaking 10 drops per hour can waste more than 500 gallons per year
  • A constantly running toilet can waste more than 200 gallons per day.

Check the E.PA. site for more information on detecting and fixing water leaks and the Fix A Leak Week Program.

If you are looking to make a big impact with a little effort then participating in Fix A Leak Week is for you. If a week is too long then just “Fix A Leek on Thursdays” and stop your running water.

video from Loudoun Water

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