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Fix A Leak Week is March 14-20, 2016

MIAMI (March 14, 2016)

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, an American home can waste, on average, more than 10,000 gallons of water every year due to running toilets, dripping faucets, and other household leaks. That’s more than 1 trillion gallons of water lost through leaks in U.S. homes each year. That’s why March 14-20, 2016 is known as Fix a Leak Week. It’s an opportunity to remind ourselves and our neighbors to check their plumbing fixtures and irrigation systems.

The Facts on Leaks:
• The average household’s leaks can account for more than 10,000 gallons of water wasted every year, or the amount of water needed to wash 270 loads of laundry.
• Household leaks can waste more than 1 trillion gallons annually nationwide. That’s equal to the annual household water use of more than 11 million homes.
• Ten percent of homes have leaks that waste 90 gallons or more per day.
• Common types of leaks found in the home include worn toilet flappers, dripping faucets, and other leaking valves. All are easily correctable.
• Fixing easily corrected household water leaks can save homeowners about 10 percent on their water bills.
• Keep your home leak-free by repairing dripping faucets, toilet flappers, and showerheads. In most cases, fixture replacement parts don’t require a major investment.
• Most common leaks can be eliminated after retrofitting a household with new WaterSense labeled fixtures and other high-efficiency appliances.

The Miami-Dade Water and Sewer Department (WASD) has a helpful Leak Detection Guide that provides suggestions on how to locate and fix leaks, as well as conservation tips so that you can save water and money year round.

Saving water is a daily activity for WASD. The department operates an award-winning, proactive Leak Detection Program that uses acoustical equipment to evaluate the more than 8,000 miles of water pipes in the County every nine months.

It is the priority of the Miami-Dade Water and Sewer Department to provide safe, reliable service to its customers. For additional information about Department services and programs, click here.