The easy way to save water – starting today!

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While the sound of dripping shower head might seem like an annoyance, leaking a mere 10 drips per minute wastes more than 500 gallons per year. EPA’s Fix a Leak Week, March 18 through 24, 2019,Β is a good time to hunt down those annoying and wasteful drips to save water and money all year long.

How to tell if you have a leak:

  • Turn off everything that uses water both inside and outside your home.
  • Locate your water meter usually located at the front of your property inside a black box in the lawn.
  • Read your water meter and wait 30 minutes.
  • When the time is up, read your meter again. Did the numbers advance?
    If so, you have a leak somewhere.

Common culprits

  • Toilet
    • Stop by Environmental Services for a free dye tablets, or add a few drops of food coloring to the water in your toilet tank. Wait 15 minutes to see if the color begins to show up in the bowl, indicating a faulty flush valve.
  • Faucets
    • Check all faucets for drips and look inside cabinets in the kitchen and bath.
  • Outdoor Hose Bibs & Irrigation
    • Be sure to check outdoor hose connections at the valve and at any sprinkler or nozzle you have attached.

FIX A LEAK WEEK

Help to fix the leaks you find

The staff at local hardware and home supply stores can explain parts, answer questions, and give advice to Do-it-Yourselfers looking to tackle common plumbing leaks.

Learn more about water conservation and find links to upcoming workshops at www.thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov/waterconservation.

Questions? Contact The Woodlands Township Environmental Services Department at enviro@thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov or 281-210-3800.

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