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FIXING LEAKS around the home

Nearly 1 trillion gallons of water are wasted in U.S. homes each year from leaks. In the average home, household leaks waste more than 10,000 gallons of water each year, which is equal to the amount of water needed to wash 270 loads of laundry.

Here’s how to identify easy-to-fix leaks around your home:

  • Read your water meter before and after a two-hour period when no water is being used. If the water meter changes, you could have a leak.
  • Check for leaks by inspecting faucets, showerheads, sprinklers and other fixtures. Also check for toilets with silent leaks by putting a few drops of food coloring into the tank and seeing if it appears in the bowl before you flush. Don’t forget to check irrigation systems and spigots too.
  • Twist and tighten hose and pipe connections.
  • Replace the fixture if necessary. Look for WaterSense labeled models, which are independently certified to use 20 percent less water and perform as well or better than standard models.
  • Winter months are the prime time to check water use and see if you may have a leak. If a family of four exceeds 12,000 gallons per month in the winter, you could have leaks.

Free leak assistance for low-income households

The Leak-Free Sacramento program assists low-income, single-family residential home owners in disadvantaged communities that typically cannot afford to make leak repairs.

The program promotes leak awareness, water efficiency and energy efficiency and helps people water and repair costs.

Eligible homeowners in the city of Sacramento can sign up for one free contractor house call to repair indoor and outdoor leaks.