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Dripping faucet? Its Fix a Leak Week

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Water leaks cost consumers substantial amounts of money every year, no matter how small they may seem on the surface, so the Indiana Office of Utility Consumer Counselor (OUCC) is urging consumers to observe Fix a Leak Week, which begins today and runs through Sunday, March 23.

“Fix a Leak Week is an important annual reminder to check your home or business for any water leaks, and to repair them as quickly as possible,” Utility Consumer Counselor David Stippler said in a statement released last week. “Visible and invisible water leaks alike can waste significant amounts of consumers’ money over the long haul.”

Consumers should perform three tests regularly.

First, check all faucets in your home or business to make sure they’re not leaking or dripping. If a faucet drips once per second and goes unrepaired for a month, it will waste almost 260 gallons of water. If the same faucet isn’t repaired for a year, the wasted water will add up to more than 3,100 gallons and would cost--at a rate of $7.00 per 1,000 gallons--$21.70. Such a leak would also increase a sewer bill based on water usage.

Second, be aware that a leaky toilet can waste hundreds of gallons each day. Check your toilet by putting a few drops of food coloring in the tank. Wait between 15 and 20 minutes before flushing. If any food coloring then shows up in the toilet bowl, you have a leak. Whether you have a leak or not, flush the toilet right away to keep the food coloring from causing stains.

Finally, check for unseen or “invisible” water leaks, such as a leak in the underground supply line running to your home or business. Shut off all faucets and appliances which use water. Read your water meter, then don’t use any water for a half-hour. Read your meter again. If it’s moved, then you have a leak and may need to contact the utility for further assistance.

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Consumers without Internet access can call the agency toll-free at (888) 441-2494 to request a copy by mail.



Posted 3/17/2014