Solve the Mystery of Household Water Leaks

Fix a Leak Week is Coming

Every year, household water leaks are the culprit behind more than 1 trillion gallons of water wasted across the country. That’s why the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) WaterSense® program is encouraging consumers to become leak detectives during Fix a Leak Week, March 20 through 26, 2017.

Common areas for water leaks

The Facts on Leaks

The average household leaks more than 10,000 gallons of water annually, enough to wash 270 loads of laundry. Common water leaks, including worn toilet flappers, dripping faucets, and leaking showerheads, can be stopped in their tracks with three simple steps—check, twist, and replace:

  • Check for toilet leaks using a few drops of food coloring in the tank. Wait 10 minutes; if color appears in the bowl before flushing, that’s a clue the toilet has a leak.
  • Twist faucet, shower, and pipe connections tightly, or twist on a WaterSense labeled faucet aerator to save water and energy.
  • Replace old, leaky fixtures with WaterSense labeled models, which are independently certified to use less water and perform as well as or better than standard models.

WaterSense partners and interested plumbers can kick off Fix a Leak Week during a “Twitter party” on Monday, March 20, from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. Eastern. Participants can join the conversation and help generate buzz for water savings by tweeting the #FixaLeak hashtag during that time.

Learn More About Water Leaks

Plumbers and others interested in encouraging leak detection with their customers can visit www.epa.gov/watersense/fixaleak to download and post an infographic with “just the facts” on water leaks or a checklist to help customers look for leaks at home. For more information, contact the WaterSense Helpline at watersense@epa.gov or 866-WTR-SENS (987-7367).


WaterSense, a partnership program sponsored by EPA, seeks to protect the future of our nation’s water supply by offering people a simple way to use less water with water-efficient products, homes, and services. Since the program began in 2006, WaterSense has helped consumers save a cumulative 1.5 trillion gallons of water and more than $32.6 billion in water and energy bills.

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