The City of Palmdale is participating in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) Fix a Leak Week program from March 16 through March 20 by promoting finding and fixing residential leaks in Palmdale.
This year’s Fix a Leak Week promotion is encouraging Americans to help put a stop to the nearly 1 trillion gallons of water wasted from household leaks each year.
“Leaks can account for nearly 10,000 gallons of water in an average home every year—the amount of water it takes to wash 300 loads of laundry,” said Palmdale Landscape Superintendent Steven Montenegro. “As a WaterSense partner, we are encouraging consumers to find and fix leaks to save water in our community.”
To help save water for future generations, the City of Palmdale is asking consumers to check, twist, and replace:
Check for leaks. Look for dripping faucets, showerheads, sprinklers, and other fixtures. Also check for toilets with silent leaks by putting a few drops of food coloring into the tank, waiting 10 minutes, and seeing if color appears in the bowl before you flush. Don’t forget to check irrigation systems and spigots too.
Twist and tighten hose and pipe connections. To save water without a noticeable difference in flow in your bathroom, twist on a WaterSense labeled faucet aerator.
Replace the fixture if necessary. Look for WaterSense labeled models, which are independently certified to use 20 percent less water and perform as well as or better than standard models.
In many cases, fixture replacement parts pay for themselves quickly and can be installed by handy do-it-yourselfers or local plumbing professionals. Irrigation professionals certified through a WaterSense labeled program can also check your systems for leaks. Visit www.epa.gov/watersense to find WaterSense labeled products or an auditor in your area.
The City of Palmdale will participate in this year’s Water Expo at the A.V. Home Show on March 28 and 29 at the Antelope Valley Fairgrounds.
For more information on Fix a Leak Week, visit www.epa.gov/watersense.