This article was reprinted from the City of Fort Collins web site
Contact: Patty Bigner
Customer and Employee Relations Manager
Fort Collins Utilities, (970) 416-2432
Sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s WaterSense Program, Fix a Leak Week encourages Americans to help put a stop to more than 1 trillion gallons of water wasted from easy-to-fix leaks each year.
Household leaks can waste hundreds of thousands of gallons of water each month and up to 10,000 gallons every year. Periodically check toilets, faucets, showerheads, dishwasher, clothes washer, hot water heater, garden hoses and sprinkler system.
A dripping faucet, commonly caused by worn washers and gaskets, wastes approximately 3 gallons a day and is usually easy to repair. Leaky toilets are often silent and can easily go undetected. To check for silent leaks, add a few drops of food coloring to the toilet tank and wait 15 minutes before flushing. If dye appears in the bowl, there is a leak. Toilet leaks are typically the result of a worn toilet flapper.
When you’re ready to replace household fixtures, look for WaterSense labeled models. Learn about rebates for purchasing new and recycling old toilets at http://fcgov.com/toiletrebates.
To encourage Fort Collins residents to find and fix leaks at home, Utilities has kits available on a first-come, first-serve basis, 700 Wood St., Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., and 117 N. Mason St., 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday.
The kit includes a drip calculator, leak ruler, faucet washers and toilet dye tablets. Use the kits to help identify leaks, learn how much water is being wasted and get started on repairs.
For more information and details on how to repair leaks, visit http://epa.gov/watersense, call (970) 221-6700, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or TDD (970) 224-6003.