Water leaks cost
consumers substantial amounts of money every year, no matter how small they
may seem on the surface, so the Indiana Office of Utility Consumer Counselor
(OUCC) is urging consumers to observe Fix a Leak Week, which begins today
and runs through Sunday, March 23.
“Fix a Leak Week is
an important annual reminder to check your home or business for any water
leaks, and to repair them as quickly as possible,” Utility Consumer
Counselor David Stippler said in a statement released last week. “Visible
and invisible water leaks alike can waste significant amounts of consumers’
money over the long haul.”
perform three tests regularly.
First, check all
faucets in your home or business to make sure they’re not leaking or
dripping. If a faucet drips once per second and goes unrepaired for a month,
it will waste almost 260 gallons of water. If the same faucet isn’
Second, be aware
that a leaky toilet can waste hundreds of gallons each day. Check your
toilet by putting a few drops of food coloring in the tank. Wait between 15
and 20 minutes before flushing. If any food coloring then shows up in the
toilet bowl, you have a leak. Whether you have a leak or not, flush the
toilet right away to keep the food coloring from causing stains.
Finally, check for
unseen or “invisible” water leaks, such as a leak in the underground supply
line running to your home or business. Shut off all faucets and appliances
which use water. Read your water meter, then don’t use any water for a
half-hour. Read your meter again. If it’s moved, then you have a leak and
may need to contact the utility for further assistance.
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