Save Water & Enter to Win a WaterSense Labeled Toilet for “Fix a Leak Week”
Water leaks can be a royal pain! A leaky faucet, toilet, shower head, or irrigation system may seem harmless, but more than 10,000 gallons of water are wasted each year from leaks in the average household.
Concord General Services is once again hosting their Royal Leak Detection contest in celebration of EPA WaterSense’s Fix a Leak Week, March 16-22. Concord residents can enter the contest by sharing how they have found and fixed 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 or by tagging Concord General Services in a public post on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram with how they have found and fixed leaks. Residents can enter the contest both via social media and by submitting a contest entry form to double their chance to win. Contest entry forms are available at the City’s utility billing office at 311 North State Street or online at www.concordnh.gov/leaks. All contest entries must be received by 5 p.m. on March 22, 2020.
Residents can also visit the utility billing office to grab a free Toilet Leak Dye Test Kit to perform and quick and easy toilet leak test at home. Leaks can waste a lot of water and can lead to high utility bills. Sometimes leaks can be silent and go undetected until noticing an increase in your water bill. “A spike in your water bill is usually an indicator that there is a water leak somewhere,” stated Terri Segalini, Utility Billing Program Manager at Concord General Services. “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.” Water customers are encouraged to regularly monitor bills and water consumption to notice any fluctuations.
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 16 from 2 p.m. to 3 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.