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Leaks Can Run but They Can’t Hide! It’s Fix a Leak Week
Logo for the 2023 Fix A Leak Week. Image by USEPA Water Sense.

Fix a Leak Week takes place annually each March. The week is dedicated to raising awareness about the importance of fixing household leaks, conserving water and reducing water waste. The event is sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (USEPA) WaterSense program and aims to encourage homeowners to take action to prevent leaks in their homes.

Learn more about Fix A Leak Week: https://www.epa.gov/watersense/fix-leak-week

Water is essential to life and a finite resource. According to the USEPA, household leaks can waste more than 1 trillion gallons of water each year; this is equivalent to the annual water use of more than 11 million homes. Fixing leaks is not only good for the environment, but homeowners can also save money on their water bills.

During Fix a Leak Week, homeowners are encouraged to take simple steps to check for leaks in their homes and fix them. Some of the common places to look for leaks include faucets, toilets, showerheads and irrigation systems.

Check out the checklist below (click for larger images).

USEPA Checklist for finding and fixing Leaks. USEPA Checklist for finding and fixing leaks.

In addition to fixing leaks, there are many other ways to conserve water in your home. Installing low-flow showerheads and faucets, turning off the tap when brushing your teeth, installing drip irrigation and running only full loads in your dishwasher and when doing laundry are all effective ways to reduce water usage. When it's time, consider replacing older appliances with more water-efficient models.

The DRBC is a proud supporter of Fix a Leak Week and is a U.S. EPA Water Sense partner. The DRBC employs a comprehensive water conservation program, which has become an integral component of our broader strategy to manage water supplies & plan for future water needs throughout the Basin. In addition to tracking and projecting water use for various sectors in the Delaware River Basin, the DRBC's water audit program requires public water purveyors to annually audit their systems to identify and control water loss.

Learn more about the DRBC's Water Supply & Planning Programs:  https://www.nj.gov/drbc/programs/supply/

Fix a Leak Week is an opportunity to raise awareness about the importance of water conservation and reducing water waste in our homes. Small changes can make big impacts! By taking small steps to prevent leaks and save water, we can all do our part to protect our shared water resources.