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Water Education

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Nearly 1 trillion gallons of water are wasted in U.S. homes each year from easy-to-fix leaks. That’s why the City of Sacramento Department of Utilities participates in EPA’s Fix a Leak Week each March by adopting the Fix A Leak theme for the whole month, and we encourage you to take a look at our recent Webinar BECOME A LEAK DETECTIVE: TAKE THE 10 MINUTE CHALLENGE

Sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) WaterSense® program, Fix a Leak Week is an opportunity to improve the water efficiency of your home by finding and fixing leaks. In the average home, household leaks waste more than 10,000 gallons of water each year. That’s the amount of water needed to wash 270 loads of laundry!

Here’s how to identify leaks around your home:

  • Read 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.
  • 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 probably have leaks!

Here’s how you can address leaks found at home:

  • 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 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. To save more water without a noticeable difference in flow in your bathroom faucet, 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.State of California Save Our Water Rebates

Leak Free Sacramento

As a WaterSense partner concerned with preserving our nation’s water supply, the City of Sacramento Department of Utilities supports this effort  by kicking off the enrollment period for Leak Free Sacramento program each March. 

Leak-Free Sacramento Program assists low-income, single family residential home owners in disadvantaged communities that typically cannot afford to make the repair. The goal of the program is to promote leak awareness, water efficiency and energy efficiency, improve the overall community, and help those in need with water and energy costs. Eligible City of Sacramento homeowners can sign up for one (1) free contractor house call to repair indoor and outdoor leaks.

To see a list of qualified WaterSense labeled smart irrigation controllers, visit:

Get Involved

Mark your calendar: March is Fix a Leak Week Month. Grab a wrench or contact your favorite handy person, plumber, or certified irrigation professional to address leaking toilets, faucets, showerheads, and irrigation systems around your home.


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