Did you know that an American home can waste, on average, more than 10,000 gallons of water every year due to running toilets, dripping faucets, and other household leaks? That adds up to more than 1 trillion gallons a year, nationwide.
Stopping obnoxious leaks is no small deal when it adds up to that kind of water savings! To remind Americans to check their plumbing fixtures and irrigation systems each year, WaterSense started Fix a Leak Week. This year it is March 12-18.
Not sure if you have leaks or how to fix them? Water agencies around the country have workshops, kids’ activities, giveaways and lots of other events planned to help you fix your leaks. You can also find tons of great resources on your local Fix A Leak Week website. (Check out these great DIY videos for identifying and fixing leaks.)
I’m proud to say Arizona goes all out for Fix A Leak Week. This Saturday (3/10) is the “One For Water” 4-Miler where runners chase a literally running toilet and top finishers receive pipe wrenches to fix their leaks. If you’ve ever had a nightmare where a 6 foot tall toilet is chasing you through the desert (come on, you know what I’m talking about), now is your chance to turn the tables on that giant toilet. After watching the promo video (above), I just had to sign up for the race.
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It’s amazing how creative people get when it comes to conserving water. If you’re offering or attending any Fix A Leak Week events, let me know in the comments or on Twitter @MarGoH2O