It’s a great time to check your home for leaky faucets, showerheads, hose ends, and other pesky places that leaks hide out. Here are some easy ways to check for leaks:
Check your water meter:
Turn off everything that uses water in your home.
Read your water meter.
Wait 15 minutes, and then read the meter again. Did the numbers change? If so, you have a leak somewhere.
Check that the faucet on the outside of the house is not dripping.
Look under sinks in all bathrooms and the kitchen.
Do you have a sprinkler system? You may have an underground leak.
If you want help to fix leaks yourself, contact the Environmental Services Department (281-210-3800 or email us) and ask how you can receive a FREE copy of the Practical Plumbing Handbook. It’s full of helpful tips and great illustrations on making repairs and installing water saving devices in your home.
For more water saving information or to get your copy of the Practical Plumbing Handbook, contact Teri at firstname.lastname@example.org
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, is a good time to hunt down those annoying and wasteful drips to save water and money all year long.
A home remodeling project is a perfect time to consider how to maximize your home’s water efficiency. Bathrooms are where most of our water is used, accounting for more than 50% of all indoor water use.
When it comes to water use, the American mindset is shifting from one less mindful and therefore wasteful, to one more aware that water is a valuable resource to conserve. We are fortunate to have easy access to some of the safest water in the world and it may be that very ease that results in our taking water for granted. Just how much water do we use? On average, an American family uses more than 300 gallons of water per day at home.
Here’s how it breaks down:
In a2014 Government Accountability Report, it’s noted that 40 out of 50 state water managers expect water shortages under average conditions in some portions of their states over the next decade. So it just makes sense to replace old or inefficient appliances and hardware with new, more efficient products.
That’s where WaterSense comes in. WaterSense is a partnership program sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). WaterSense labeled products meet EPA’s specification for water efficiency and performance, and are backed by independent, third-party certification.
The WaterSense label on a product certifies that it is 20 percent more water efficient than average products in that category. There are WaterSense Products in many categories, including:
Stop by the Environmental Services office and receive a free faucet aerator or a replacement showerhead while supplies last. Both meet high water efficiency standards.
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Fix a leak
You don’t have to take on a remodeling project to conserve water. That annoying dripping faucet is more than annoying; five to 10 percent of U.S. homes have easy-to-fix leaks that drip away 90 gallons of water a day.
EPA’s annual Fix a Leak Week is March 18 through 24. You can learn more about how to locate leaks on the EPA Fix a Leak Week webpage.
Check out the WaterSensedemonstration home at Water University at the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension in Dallas. To be WaterSense certified, homes must meet standard criteria in three areas: indoor water use, including plumbing, plumbing fixtures and fittings, and appliances; outdoor water use, including landscape design and any installed irrigation systems (which are optional); and homeowner education.