Find and Fix Household Water Leaks During Fix a Leak Week

By Danny Johnson, Metro Water District Manager

By Danny Johnson, Metro Water District Manager

You don’t have to be handy to find and fix water leaks in your own home. It can be as simple as check, twist and replace. And a little effort can yield big savings in both water and dollars.

From March 14-20, the Metropolitan North Georgia Water Planning District is participating in the EPA’s Fix a Leak Week to spread the word about the importance of water conservation in the Atlanta region. During the week, we will share water-saving tips that can help you find and fix leaks in your household plumbing fixtures and irrigation systems.

Household leaks, whether from a toilet or faucet, can quickly add up. The average household wastes 10,000 gallons of water each year due to leaks – that’s enough water for a family to do laundry for 10 months. Fixing those leaks can save up to 10 percent on your water bill.

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Since the adoption of the Metro Water District’s Water Supply and Water Conservation Management Plan in 2003, total water use in the district has dropped by more than 10 percent, even as our region’s population has increased by one million.

That’s a big accomplishment, but our work on water conservation is not complete. As the region grows, we must continually improve our efforts to conserve water and improve water infrastructure so that we can be good stewards of our water supply.

So, make some time this week to check your home for leaks and fix any problems that you find.

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Water Drop Dash 5K runners along the Chattahoochee River

Also, join us on Saturday, March 19, for the Water Drop Dash 5K along the Chattahoochee River in Roswell. The race is a fun, family-friendly way to promote the importance of protecting and conserving our region’s water supply.

Following the 5K race, there will be a Kid’s Fun Run (with mascots!) and a Water Festival that features games, face painting and giveaways, including high-efficiency shower heads and outdoor water conservation kits.

Join the fun at the Water Drop Dash 5K, and remember to check, twist and replace during Fix a Leak Week:

CHECK for leaks. Look for dripping faucets, showerheads, sprinklers and other fixtures. Check for toilets with silent leaks by putting a few drops of food coloring into the tank, waiting 10 minutes to see if color appears in the bowl before you flush. If you see color, you’ve got a leak. Don’t forget to check irrigation systems and spigots, too.

TWIST on a new aerator. To use less water without a noticeable difference in flow, install a WaterSense labeled aerator on your bathroom faucet. Also, make sure to tighten hose and pipe connections.

REPLACE the fixture if necessary. An old or worn–out rubber flapper is a common reason why toilets leak. Replacing one can be as quick and easy as bringing the old flapper to the home improvement store for comparison when purchasing a new one, and following an online tutorial or the directions of your local hardware store retailer. If you are replacing leaky faucets or showerheads, be sure to purchase WaterSense labeled models, which are independently certified to use 20 percent less water and perform as well as or better than standard models.

For more tips on how to conserve water, visit mydropcounts.org.

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