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Posted on: March 18, 2016

[ARCHIVED] DIY Project: Dye Eggs, Fix a Leak

Fix a Leak Week is a reminder for all of us to track down and repair household leaks.

Nationwide, household leaks can waste more than 1 trillion gallons of water each year. The average American home may waste more than 10,000 gallons of water every year due to running toilets, dripping faucets, and other household leaks, which can significantly raise your water and wastewater bills.

In fact, a leaky faucet dripping at a rate of one drip per second can waste more than 3,000 gallons of water per year.

A simple leak test will reveal if a toilet is leaking. In most cases, leaks are caused by worn out flappers that are inexpensive and easy to replace. You can even make your own leak detection dye.

Check your toilets for leaks, tighten pipe connections and replace the fixtures if necessary. WaterSense, a U.S Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) program, offers more information to save water and prevent leaks.

Fix a Leak Week is March 14-20, 2016.

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