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Fix a leak week

Fix a leak

More ways to be water smart

  • Check for dripping faucets, showerheads, and fixture connections.
  • Check irrigation systems and outdoor spigots too.
  • Use your water meter to check your whole house. Read 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.

Twist and tighten pipe connections

  • Some leaks can be fixed by tightening connections.
  • To save more water without a noticeable difference in flow, twist on a WaterSense [exit DNR] labeled faucet aerator.

Replace the fixture if necessary

More resources

Check your toilet for silent leaks!

  1. Put a few drops of food coloring into the tank of your toilet.

  2. Wait 15 minutes without flushing

  3. If colored water appears in the bowl within 15 minutes, you have a leak.

  4. Make sure to flush the colored water as soon as the test is done. Food coloring can stain.

Leaks don’t fix themselves

More video tips to stop your drips


About EPA’s WaterSense Program

WaterSense is a partnership program sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Its mission is to protect the future of our nation’s water supply by promoting and enhancing the market for water-efficient products, homes, and services. Thousands of WaterSense labeled products — including toilets, faucets, showerheads, and urinals — and more than 1,000 certified irrigation partners are available. WaterSense labeled products are independently certified to use 20 percent less water and perform as well as or better than standard models.

For more information, visit the Environmental Protection Agency’s Fix a Leak [exit DNR].

Last revised: Tuesday February 04 2014