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Help With the Drought During Fix-A-Leak Week

This week is Fix-A-Leak week, so the Nevada Public Utilities Commission has tips for people to help combat the drought.(Earl53/morguefile)
This week is Fix-A-Leak week, so the Nevada Public Utilities Commission has tips for people to help combat the drought.(Earl53/morguefile)
March 14, 2016

CARSON CITY, Nev. - American households waste 1 trillion gallons of water every year, according to the Environmental Protection Agency, mostly through seemingly small leaks. Today through Friday, it's Fix-A-Leak week, part of the WaterSense program.

Nevada is in its fifth year of drought, so the Nevada Public Utilities Commission is asking everyone to do their part and check for dripping faucets, shower heads, sprinklers and other fixtures. Peter Kostes, the agency's public information officer, said people waste a ton of water without realizing it.

"According to the EPA, household leaks can account for more than 10,000 gallons of water in an average home every year," he said, "and that equates to the amount of water it takes to wash 270 loads of laundry."

One good tip? Check your toilet for silent leaks by putting a few drops of food coloring into the tank, then wait 10 minutes and see if the color appears in the bowl.

Kostes reminds people not to forget about leaks in outdoor irrigation.

"Twist and tighten hose and pipe connections and replace fixtures if necessary," he said, "and then look for WaterSense-labeled replacement models, which use 20 percent less water and perform as well or better than standard models."

Visit epa.gov/watersense to find WaterSense labeled products or an auditor in your area who can analyze your household's water use.

Suzanne Potter, Public News Service - NV