Stop the flow, ‘Fix a Leak Week’ begins

ST. GEORGE – The City of St. George and the Washington County Water Conservancy District have designated this Monday through Sunday “Fix A Leak Week” to raise awareness on how water can be saved by simply finding and repairing leaks.

Leaks can be a major source of water loss, with toilets often being overlooked as a leaking fixture.

“Outdoor water use is significant,” WCWCD Water Conservation Manager Julie Breckenridge said. “So, this year, to help residents conserve, an outdoor water saving device will be given to those that stop by at 533 E Water Works Drive during Fix A Leak Week (while supplies last).”

It’s a great time to inspect your irrigation systems and plumbing fixtures, fix the leaks, and save valuable water and money. Here’s how:

  • Check for leaks. Look for dripping faucets, showerheads, sprinklers, and other fixtures. Also check for toilets with silent leaks by putting a few drops of food coloring into the tank, waiting 10 minutes, and seeing if color appears in the bowl before you flush. Don’t forget to check irrigation systems and spigots too.
  • Twist and tighten hose and pipe connections. To save water without a noticeable difference in flow in your bathroom, twist on a WaterSense labeled faucet aerator.
  • Replace the fixture if necessary. Look for WaterSense labeled models, which are independently certified to use 20 percent less water and perform as well as or better than standard models.

In many cases, fixture replacement parts pay for themselves quickly and can be installed by handy do-it-yourselfers or local plumbing professionals. Irrigation professionals certified through a WaterSense labeled program can also check your systems for leaks. Visit the Environmental Protection Agency’s WaterSense Web page to find labeled products.

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