City officials are encouraging people to fix that leak this week.

As part of the Environmental Protection Agency’s ongoing “We’re for Water” campaign, this year’s Fix a Leak Week encourages Americans to help put a stop to the more than 1 trillion gallons of water wasted from household leaks each year.

“Leaks can account for more than 10,000 gallons of water waste in an average home every year — the amount of water it takes to wash 270 loads of laundry,” said Kimberly O’Cain, an analyst with City Hall. “As a WaterSense partner, we are encouraging our water customers to find and fix leaks to save water in our community. This is particularly important during this drought.”

To help save water, City Hall is asking consumers to check, twist, and replace.

More water saving ideas include the following:

• Check for leaks. Look for dripping faucets, showerheads, sprinklers, spigots and other fixtures. Also check toilets for 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. Run your irrigation system and check each head for leaks.

• Reduce run times. Reduce your irrigation run times by 1-3 minutes for each cycle and save 15,000 gallons a year.

• Replace the fixture. Install a WaterSense toilet and save 5,000 gallons a year. A $50 rebate is available.

• Replace lawn. Removing your lawn and installing sustainable landscaping can  save about 15,000 gallons a year. Rebates available, up to $3,000.

For more information on Fix a Leak Week, visit epa.gov/watersense. For rebates visit, sustainablesm.org/water.

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