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Fix a Leak Week

Fix-a-Leak Week
Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy

Fix a Leak Week

March 20 - 26, 2023

Michigan will recognize Fix a Leak Week from March 20-26, 2023 (view the proclamation signed by Governor Whitmer). Fix a Leak Week, created by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and supported by WaterSense partners across the U.S. and Canada, aims to raise awareness about water leaks and provide resources to find and address common household leaks. 

Learn About Leaks

EPA estimates that average household leaks can account for nearly 10,000 gallons of water wasted every year and 10 percent of homes have leaks that waste 90 gallons or more per day. Common leaks include worn toilet flaps, dripping faucets, or appliances. These types of leaks are often easy to fix, requiring only a few tools and hardware that can pay for themselves in water savings. Fixing easily -corrected household water leaks can save homeowners about 10 percent on their water bills.

In communities with older homes and aging water infrastructure, water loss within the home and in the overall water system supplying water to the home is common. These water leaks contribute to water and energy waste and public health concerns. Water system and in-home plumbing leaks are costly for residents and community water suppliers.

Look closer at the facts on water leaks
  • According to EPA, the average household loses more than 10,000 gallons of water each year through leaks. Some water leaks are slow and difficult to detect, yet even the smallest leaks can add up quickly. Fixing easily corrected household leaks can save homeowners about 10 percent on their water bills, and fortunately, most leaks are easy to find if you know where to look! Use EPA's at-home checklist and read some tips below to help you find leaks:

    • Check your water meter before and after a two-hour period when no water is being used. If the meter changes at all, you probably have a leak.
    • Identify toilet leaks by placing a drop of food coloring in the toilet tank. If any color shows up in the bowl after 10 minutes, you have a leak. (Be sure to flush immediately after the experiment to avoid staining the tank.)
    • Examine faucet gaskets and pipe fittings for any water on the outside of the pipe to check for surface leaks.

    EPA has a lot of resources on finding and fixing leaks on the EPA Fix a Leak Week page, including video tutorials. Be sure to check it out!

    If you've already determined you have leaks and these resources aren't enough to stop them, it might be time to contact a plumbing professional. When replacing fixtures, consider those with a WaterSense label, which could increase your home's water efficiency and lower your bill.

Fix a Leak with WaterSense! Video

Fix a Leak with WaterSense!

Every March, during Fix a Leak Week, the EPA’s WaterSense program encourages Americans to check their household plumbing fixtures and irrigation systems for leaks that can waste more than 1 trillion gallons each year. But any time of year is a good time to hunt down leaks that not only waste water, but money and energy too! This video reminds you of the steps you can take to Check, Twist, and Replace as you save water for yourself and your community. 

Daily Fix a Leak Week 2023 Activities and Information to Share

Monday, March 20: Get the word out

Help us kick off Fix a Leak Week by sharing social media posts and getting the word out in your community. Tag your posts with #FixALeakWeek and #MiFixALeak. Your voice will help increase awareness and inform Michiganders about the importance of finding and fixing leaks. The following images are available for you to download and share on social media for #FixALeakWeek and #MiFixALeak !

Tuesday, March 21: Learn why leaks matter

Finding and fixing leaks can save money and energy and reduce potential public health risks for you and your community. It takes a lot of energy to deliver and treat the water you use every day. By repairing leaks, you reduce energy and water waste, which can lower your bills.

Learn more at epa.gov

Wednesday, March 22: Take the 10-Minute Challenge

In just 10 minutes, you can check your house for easy-to-fix leaks using EPA's at-home checklist. You can also get your kids involved! Watch the video below to see our previous Clean Water Public Advocate, Ninah Sasy, demonstrate how to use food coloring to check for toilet leaks. A leaky toilet can waste 200 gallons a day (that's about 50 flushes)!

Share a photo of your water leak project or a video of yourself checking your home for leaks. Tag your posts with #FixALeakWeek and #IFixLeaks.

View the checklist
water faucet

Thursday, March 23: Spotlight on energy utility efficiency programs

Many utilities try to encourage and assist residents in making their home more energy efficient. Check with your utility company to find out if they offer any free or low-cost energy efficiency assessments, products, or other resources to their customers (whether you rent or own!).

Some energy utilities offer a free at-home energy consultation to qualifying customers. These can include a basic home walkthrough, personalized home energy profile, and installation of free, energy-efficient products depending on your needs. Products may include faucet aerators, hot water pipe insulation, light bulbs, energy-efficient showerheads, or others. Offers depend upon your utility and other qualifying factors. Some of the available programs are listed below:

You may also watch a discussion from a previous Fix A Leak Week event about Michigan's energy and water conservation collaborative opportunities, as well as how to build partnerships and connect resources to have a greater impact in communities.

Friday, March 24: What else can I do?

Are you feeling empowered after finally tackling that leaky faucet and are wondering what else you’re capable of? Plenty! For starters, be sure to share or use the resources from Fix a Leak Week with your friends, family, or community. You could also think about upgrading some of your fixtures or appliance to make your home more efficient – look for a WaterSense label. Some appliances may be eligible for a rebate.

There are also a huge variety of opportunities throughout the state to get involved, from learning more about how to increase water efficiency in your home to getting involved in your community or an advocacy group. The Office of the Clean Water Public Advocate meets with Clean Water Ambassadors every month to discuss topics related to drinking water. For more information on this group, visit the Clean Water Ambassador webpage.

Water is one of Michigan's most valuable and enjoyable resources, and we all have a part to play in protecting our state's water resources!

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