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Detect a leak – save water and on your bill

By Miriam Hodgman

1607012_10151850457797027_1997391711_nTRUCKEE MEADOWS WATER AUTHORITY NEWS RELEASE – Winter is a great time to track down and eliminate water leaks in your home. Truckee Meadows Water Authority (TMWA) encourages responsible water use at all times, and leaks can waste lots of water. A good method to check for leaks is to examine your winter water usage.

“It’s likely that a family of four may have a leak problem if their winter water use significantly exceeds about 6,000 gallons per month,” said Andy Gebhardt, TMWA’s Customer Services Manager. “It’s just a rule of thumb, but the average wintertime water bill should be about thirty dollars,” he added.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, fixing easily corrected household water leaks can save homeowners about 10 percent on their water bills. Common types of leaks found in the home are faucets and worn toilet flappers.

TMWA provides help with detecting and fixing leaks. Visit TMWA’s YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/truckeemeadowswater to view How-To Videos on how to tell if your toilet has a leak, fixing a leaky toilet flapper and more. In addition, visit the Conservation section of www.tmwa.com to help find and fix leaks that might be wasting water in your home.