1 trillion gallons of water wasted? Not if you #FixALeak with the EPA!

The average American household has leaks that waste more than 10,000 gallons of water each year.

Those little drips add up–contributing to more than 1 trillion gallons of water wasted each year across the United States.

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To combat water waste, the EPA’s annual Fix a Leak Week campaign (March 14-20, 2016), is aimed at helping people become leak detectives. Many leaks at home are silent but can easily be found and fixed when you know what to do.

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Through the WaterSense program, the EPA is giving consumers the clues they need to save water and money in their homes. I thought you’d be interested in joining us this year.

Here are all the ways you can get involved:

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· Just use the hashtag #FixaLeak and tweet about finding and fixing leaks!

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· Share these important clues to help people detect and fix leaks:

Check your utility bill
During the winter, if a family of four is using more than 12,000 gallons of water per month, it could be the clue to a leak.

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Read your water meter
Check your water meter—often near the curb in front of your home or in the basement—during a period when no water is being used. If the reading is not exactly the same after two or three hours, you could have a leak.

Take a 10-minute toilet test.
Put a few drops of food coloring into the tank at the back of your toilet and let it sit for 10 minutes. If color shows up in the bowl, you have a leak. Make sure to flush after to avoid staining, and consider replacing your old toilet flapper if it is torn or worn.

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People can take these steps at any time of year, so please feel free to check out these tips and more at http://www.epa.gov/watersense/fixaleak

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