Tucson Water / Public Information Officer
Tucson Water and utilities across the nation are promoting “Fix a Leak Week,” March 12-18, 20l2, to bring attention to the amount of water lost through minor household leaks. Water loss through leaks exceeds one trillion gallons annually. Most household leaks are easily repairable.
“Leaking toilet flappers and faucets are usually the biggest causes of water waste in the home,” said Fernando Molina, Tucson Water Public Information Officer. “Data from Tucson Water’s Zanjero Program indicates 30% of toilets in customer homes were found to be leaking. When left unchecked or unrepaired, the water billing portion on a customer’s utility statement can jump dramatically.
The Tucson Water website has a link to an online drip/leak calculator that tallies daily, monthly and yearly water waste. “Some would be quite surprised at the totals,” added Molina.
Mayor Jonathan Rothschild has issued a proclamation reminding residents to continue their water conservation techniques and address possible water waste in their homes. Tucson Water’s “Fix a Leak Week” Hot Topic at www.tucsonaz.gov/water has links to videos on making simple repairs, the “Homeowners’ Guide to Using Water Wisely” booklet, and an educational activity book for kids from the
EPA’ s WaterSense division.
WaterSense officially launched “Fix a Leak Week” three years ago in Phoenix with the Arizona Department of Water Resources (ADWR) and has since recruited utilities and governments to participate to help encourage water efficiency in residences.
Molina also suggests residents talk to experts at local plumbing supply and home improvement stores for guidance on making repairs and having the right tools and products for the job.