Fix a Leak Week: Save Water & Chance to Win a WaterSense Labeled Toilet
Water leaks can be a royal pain! A leaky faucet, toilet, showerhead, or irrigation system may seem harmless, but more than 10,000 gallons of water are wasted each year from leaks in the average household.
In celebration of EPA WaterSense’s Fix a Leak Week, March 18-24th, Concord General Services is once again hosting their Royal Leak Detection contest. Concord residents can enter the contest by sharing how they find and fix water leaks for a chance to win a free new “throne” (WaterSense labeled toilet). The American Standard dual-flush 1.0/1.6 GPF (gallons per flush) white elongated toilet is certified to use at least 20% less water without sacrificing performance. Residents can enter by submitting a contest entry form (online at www.concordnh.gov/leaks or in person at the water billing office at 311 North State Street), and/or by tagging Concord General Services on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram with how you find and fix water leaks. Enter the contest both ways to double your chance to win. All entries must be received by 5:00 p.m. on March 24, 2019.
Leaks can waste a lot of water and can lead to outrageous utility bills. Sometimes leaks can be silent and go undetected until noticing an increase in your water bill. Water customers are encouraged to regularly monitor bills and water consumption to notice any fluctuations. “A spike in your water bill is usually a good indicator that there is a water leak somewhere,” stated Terri Segalini, Fiscal Supervisor for Concord General Services’ Water Billing Division. “The leading culprit is usually a running toilet. Customers are surprised to learn that a leaky toilet can use so much water, causing a higher bill.” Perform a quick and easy toilet leak test at home by grabbing a free Toilet Leak Dye Test Kit at their water billing office.
Common leaks that can be found in the home include dripping faucets, worn toilet flappers, and other leaking valves. “Most leaks are easy to fix. Sometimes tightening a valve or fixture can be all that is needed,” stated Ian Chase, Water Conservation Technician for Concord General Services. “Other times, it may be better to just update old leaky fixtures with newer models. WaterSense labeled products are recommended because they are certified for water efficiency and performance, saving more water in the long term.”
Find and fix household leaks for Fix a Leak Week to save water and possibly even save money on utility bills. Kick-off Fix a Leak Week by joining Concord General Services on Twitter @ConcordNHGS for a Twitter Party on Monday, March 18th from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Join the live national conversation about how to find and fix water leaks and tweet along using the hashtag #FixALeak. Learn more about Fix a Leak Week, how to find leaks, the EPA WaterSense Program, and Concord General Services’ Royal Leak Detection contest at www.concordnh.gov/leaks.