“Water is such a precious resource here in the Truckee Meadows,” Lora Rose Richards, Conservation and Community Education Administrator for TMWA, said. “The conservation staff at TMWA always encourages responsible water use, and finding and fixing leaks is such an important way to conserve water.”
The average American household wastes more than 10,000 gallons each year from easy-to-fix water leaks—enough water to wash nearly 10 months worth of laundry. Fixing household leaks not only saves water but reduces water utility bills. Be “for water” and start saving today with three simple steps: Check. Twist. Replace.
- Check for leaks. Look for dripping faucets, showerheads, and fixture connections. Also check for toilets with silent leaks by putting a few drops of food coloring into the tank and seeing if it appears in the bowl before you flush. Don’t forget to check irrigation systems and spigots, too.
- Twist and tighten pipe connections. To save more water without a noticeable difference in flow, twist on a WaterSense labeled faucet aerator.
- Replace the fixture if necessary. Look for WaterSense labeled models, which are independently certified to use 20 percent less water and perform as well as or better than standard models. You can search for WaterSense labeled fixtures at www.tmwa.com/watersense. Fixtures that carry the WaterSense label are 20 percent more water efficient.
Sponsored by EPA’s WaterSense® program, Fix a Leak Week reminds homeowners of the easy steps they can take to help save water in their community now and for future generations. Visit http://www.epa.gov/watersense/ to learn more about finding and fixing leaks, and the EPA WaterSense program.
Truckee Meadows Water Authority (TMWA) is a not-for-profit water utility, overseen by elected officials from Reno, Sparks and Washoe County. TMWA employs a highly skilled team who ensure the treatment, delivery and availability of high-quality drinking water around the clock for more than 330,000 residents of the Truckee Meadows.