The Water Division is encouraging residents to check homes for unknown water leaks. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 10 percent of homes have leaks that can waste 90 gallons or more per day-enough to fill 1,440 glasses of water. Household leaks not only can waste a tremendous amount of water, they also can damage your home and garden.
Learn how to detect and chase down water leaks with tips from the Water Division and the EPA for national Fix a Leak week. Follow the DPW on Twitter @wellesleydpw for updates and activities.
Water Leak Tips
To save water, energy, and lower bills, customers should check, twist, and replace:
Checkfor leaks. Look for dripping faucets, showerheads, sprinklers, and other fixtures. Check for toilets with silent leaks by putting a few drops of food coloring into the tank, waiting 10 minutes, and seeing if color appears in the bowl before you flush. Don’t forget to check irrigation systems and spigots too.
Twist and tighten hose and pipe connections. Twist on a WaterSense labeled faucet aerator and you’ll save water and still have adequate for brushing teeth and washing hands.
Replace the fixture if necessary. WaterSense labeled models are independently certified to use 20 percent less water and perform as well as or better than standard models.