Did you know March 12-18 is Fix-A-Leak-Weak? Delta Faucets has teamed up with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and their WaterSense programme (we have the same programme in Canada) to remind people to fix those leaky faucets and shower heads to help save water. The average American home can waste 10,000 gallons of water a year from household leaks. It doesn't have to be that way.
Here are ways you can address water conservation in your home:
- 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. And with the spring gardening season approaching (for those of us in more northern climes!) don’t forget to check irrigation systems and spigots too.
- Check for loose fittings and worn cartridges and O-rings. Sometimes a leaky faucet simply needs a little T-L-C.
- 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 at least 20 percent less water and perform as well as or better than standard models.
Regardless of whether your water is metred or not, fresh water is still one of our most precious commodities. Simple ways to save it will go a long way to making sure we have plenty of water for years to come.