Fix Leaky Faucets and Toilets to Save Water and Money

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SMALL THINGS ADD UP TO BIG THINGS OVER TIME, A SIMPLE DRIP, DRIP, DRIP TURNS IN TO GALLONS OF WASTED WATER

What seems like a minor leak may surprise you in the amount of water lost. Plumbing systems have parts that wear over time and cause leaks. What seems like a minor leak can waste major amounts of water over time.

NIP THE DRIP ON LEAKING FAUCETS

Leaky faucets are typically caused by worn washers or “O” rings. If you’ve invested in a beautiful faucet that matches your kitchen or bath decor and it starts leaking, have a plumber rebuild it. You’ll save the expense of a new faucet and gallons and gallons of wasted water. The bullet points below illustrate the potential amount of wasted water due to just one faucet dripping

  • Fix a leaky faucet, save 20 gallons a day
  • A leaky faucet that drips at the rate of one drip per second can waste more than 3,000 gallons per year (source: http://www.epa.gov/WaterSense/pubs/fixleak.html)

LEAKY TOILETS FLUSH UNUSED WATER AWAY

Like faucets, your toilets have gaskets and seals that are designed to stop the flow of water when your toilet is unused. When these seals wear water leaks and goes down the drain unused. A running toilet can waste 200 gallons of water a day, WOW, that’s a lot of wasted water down the drain!

REPLACE OLD TOILETS WITH NEW LOW FLOW EFFICIENCY MODELS TO SAVE WATER WITH EACH FLUSH

How much? Over five gallons per flush. That’s a lot of water when you consider how many times the toilet is flushed each day in your home. You can conserve even more water with a dual flush toilet. It has two flush settings, one for solids and one for liquids. Best of all these higher efficiency toilets flush better than your old toilets that waste water. The bullet points below illustrate how newer toilets will save water.

  • Replace an old toilet with a low flow toilet, save 40.5 gallons a day
  • A family of four that replaces inefficient toilets with low flow models the savings could be more than 16,000 gallons per year

By fixing leaking faucets and toilets or installing new water saving fixtures and devices you can reduce the amount water you use and pay for each year. The savings can literally be thousands of gallons of water a year.

 

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