Fix A Leak Week

March 15, 2012 at 12:57 pm Leave a comment

It is that time of year again to check out the pipes and make sure everything is copacetic before spring hits. Fix a Leak Week is an entire week dedicated to getting the word out about the importance of fixing leaks, how to detect a leak, and how to fix one if you’ve got one. The DNR, Public Service Commission, and Department of Safety and Professional Services have partnered for this task. Here are some fun facts about how costly leaks can be to you and your wallet.

  1. The average household’s leaks can account for more than 10,000 gallons of water wasted every year, or enough water to wash nearly 10 months’ worth of laundry.
  2. Fixing easily corrected household water leaks can save homeowners more than 10 percent on their water bills.
  3. If a family of four replaces its older, inefficient toilets with new WaterSense labeled ones, it could save more than 16,000 gallons of water per year. Retrofitting the house could save the family more than $2,500 in water and waste water bills over the lifetime of the toilets.

There are plenty of ways to safeguard your home from leaks. All this week I encourage you to visit the Wisconsin DNR’s Fix A Leak Website. No, I don’t encourage, I demand that you go to this website and just read a little about the thousands and thousands of dollars and gallons of water you are wasting by not taking the time to do a few DIY projects. Check out the “Fix a Leak Challenge” too. This is a great way to be apart of a survey that helps you find and fix leaks around the house but it also gives the Wisconsin DNR accurate information about the people of Wisconsin. Help em’ out and help yourself out.

Sincerely,

EnAct Intern Kelsey

image credit: www.ocwa.org

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