March 6, 2012
MADISON -- March is a prime time to fix leaky toilets and faucets that can waste up to 10,000 gallons of water a year and add 10 percent to the average residential water bill, state water use officials say.
Tips on how to detect leaks, free plumbing inspections from participating plumbers, and video and radio messages are available during "Fix a Leak Week," March 12-18.
"We encourage all homeowners, renters and property managers to do some detective work to find and fix leaks," says Jeff Ripp, Wisconsin Public Service Commission assistant water division administrator.
Steve Elmore, who coordinates outreach for DNR's water conservation efforts, says that March is a good time to check for leaks because it's easier to detect them when people aren't watering their lawns. Usage levels reflected on a water meter represent household use, and higher-than-normal readings can signal a problem.
Plumbers from the Plumbing Heating Cooling Contractors Association of Wisconsin are also joining in the effort by offering a free leak detection home inspection during Fix a Leak week. Visit the PHCC website www.phcc-wi.org (exit DNR) to find a nearby participating plumber.
Fix a Leak Week is sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's WaterSense program, DNR, PSC and the state Department of Buildings and Professional Services.
To help save money on your water bill and to save water for future generations, Elmore offers these tips:
In many cases, fixture replacement parts pay for themselves quickly and can be installed by handy do-it-yourselfers, or contact your favorite plumbing professional. WaterSense also has partners with certified landscape professionals who can check irrigation systems for leaks. Visit www.epa.gov/watersense (exit DNR) to find WaterSense labeled products or an irrigation partner in your area.
State agencies are also sponsoring a Fix a Leak Week Challenge and encouraging people to pledge to check their home for leaks and tell us what you found and fixed. Visit Fix a Leak Week to sign up online for the challenge, vew Fix a Leak Week video and for more tips to stop your drips.
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Steve Elmore (608) 264-9246; Shaili Pfeiffer, DNR (608) 267-7630