Don’t Let the Water Run! Pearland Promotes EPA’s Fix A Leak Week
Spring is upon us! As the months get warmer and outside temperatures rise, so too can water consumption. And with that comes an increase in water utilities and increases in water bills. That said, the City of Pearland is encouraging you to actively participate in water conservation efforts and help save money.
From March 18-24, Pearland is participating in Fix A Leak Week, an event hosted by the Environmental Protection Agency. This week brings awareness to residents across the nation about the importance of fixing your leaks and how it can reduce water consumption, promote water conservation, and jump-start savings on your water billing.
Leaks may not always be visible, but they can add up quickly and become a major cost in water and energy bills. Did you know?
- The average household leak can account for nearly 10,000 gallons of wasted water every year.
- A leaky faucet, dripping at a rate of one drip per second, can waste more than 3,000 gallons a year.
- Households across the U.S. waste 1 trillion gallons nationwide? That’s the equivalent of water usage for more than 11 million homes.
The savings for these kind of leaks can add up, and in fact, are often easy to fix, requiring only a few tools and hardware that can pay for themselves in water savings.
Here are some tips for finding leaks in your home.
- Check your water meter before and after a two-hour period when no water is being used. If the meter changes at all, you probably have a leak.
- Identify toilet leaks by listening for running water and conducting the food coloring test.
- Examine faucet gaskets and pipe fittings for water on the outside of the pipe.
- Listen for drips and look for puddles pooling near pipes, connections, and appliances such as a toilets, the shower head/tub, dishwashers, and refrigerators.
- Look outside: ensure tight connections with the hose and spigot and look for broken sprinklers or nozzles if you have an in-ground irrigation system
- At work? Notify maintenance if you see signs of a leak.
If you have found a leak, visit the EPA Fix a Leak website.
Interested in conservation that isn’t exclusive to just water? Go paperless and sign-up for e-billing. New signees are eligible for one free month at Pearland’s Recreation Center and Natatorium.For more information on Water Billing, please visit Pearlandtx.gov/water-billing where you can find tips on water conservation and a checklist on how to detect leaks.