We’ve all heard the statement, “What we don’t know won’t hurt us.” Well, nothing could be further from the truth, especially when it comes to water leaks. Many homeowners have water leaks in their home or landscaping and don’t even know it. The Environmental Protection Agency estimates that ten percent of the households in the USA have water leaks and of those ten percent, each house is expected to waste 10,000 gallons of water a year. On average each house will consume 90 gallons of water daily all due to water leaks.
One Drop Per Second Can Waste 3,000 Gallons
Some homes realize they leak, whether in the form of faulty toilet flappers, leaky valves or dripping faucets. Most homeowners don’t understand the magnitude of a dripping faucet. They only see a drip here and a drip there. The fact is a faucet that drips one drop per second can waste 3,000 gallons of water. That’s equivalent to 180 showers. A showerhead that leaks one drop every six seconds will cost a homeowner 500 gallons of wasted water per year. Most water leaks are minor and only requires a quick fix.
Time To Replace Your Old Toilet
Toilets seem to last forever; maybe it’s time you start to think about replacing your old toilet with the new low flow toilets. You can purchase a low flow toilet that uses 1.6 gallons of water per flush for about $150. The new toilet designs not only use less water, they also provide a more powerful flush. If you can’t afford new toilets, maybe it’s time to replace the old toilet flappers.
One Trillion Gallons Of water Wasted A Year
The EPA has spent the last ten years with a clear focus on fixing water leaks. This past March was the tenth annual “Fix a Leak Week.” The numbers are staggering in regards to water wasted, one trillion gallons per year according to the EPA. Fixing water leak in and around your home has a considerable effect on all of us. It puts money back in your pocket, saves our precious resource, and preserves the environment. So the next time you hear a toilet running or see a faucet leaking, be proactive and have it repaired quickly.