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Detect a leak – save water and on your bill


1607012_10151850457797027_1997391711_n-1024056-1142698TRUCKEE 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.

Miriam Hodgman
Miriam Hodgman
Miriam Hodgman is originally from San Francisco. She previously was the communications coordinator for the largest hunger-relief organization in Sonoma County, California. She has a bachelor’s degree in American history, with a minor in American Indian studies, from San Francisco State University, and has a master’s degree in public administration from Sonoma State University. She enjoys training a variety of martial arts.