As part of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) ongoing “We’re for Wate”r campaign, this year’s Fix a Leak Week encourages Americans to help put a stop to the nearly 1 trillion gallons of water wasted from household leaks each year.
Sponsored by EPA’s WaterSense® program, Fix a Leak Week is March 19 through 25, 2018. In support of We’re for Water, Citrus County Utilities is promoting finding and fixing residential leaks.
“It’s difficult to imagine, but one leaky toilet can lose more than 3,000 gallons of water in a single month. That is greater than many households’ total monthly use,” said Debra Burden, water conservation manager with the utility. “As a WaterSense partner, we are encouraging consumers to fid and fix leaks to save water in our community.”
To help save water for future generations, Citrus County is asking consumers to check, twist, and replace:
- Check for leaks. Look for dripping faucets, showerheads, sprinklers, and other fixtures. Don’t forget to check irrigation systems and spigots too. 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. If you don’t have food coloring, the utility has free dye tablets available at the Lecanto Government building and the Sugarmill Woods HOA offices.
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. Free aerators are available at the Lecanto Government building and the Sugarmill Woods HOA offices.
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. Citrus County Utilities offers its customers a $100 account credit for replacing pre-1995 toilets with Water Sense labeled models.
In many cases, fixture replacement parts pay for themselves quickly and can be installed by handy do-it-yourselfers or local plumbing professionals. Visit www.epa.gov/watersense to find WaterSense labeled products and more rebates in your area.
Citrus County Utilities will once again be partnering with the Sugarmill Woods Civic Association to hold its Water Conservation Expo at the Sugarmill Woods Country Club on March 23, 2018, from 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM. This annual event provides experts on increasing water-saving behaviors, as well as free promotional items.
In addition to the expo, the utility is conducting the Schedule a Specialist program to help citizens work on those irrigation systems before spring arrives. Through this program, customers conduct a zone-by-zone irrigation checkup with a water conservation specialist that includes a leak check, rain sensor test and education on modifying the irrigation controller.
Customers can sign up at the Expo or give us a call anytime to schedule, 352-527-7669.
Another great tool for identifying potential leaks and irrigation system water consumption is the utility’s smart meters currently installed throughout the Sugarmill Woods community. These meters provide hourly reading data. Any customer in the community interested in a copy of their usage can request a copy from the conservation office by sending an email to WaterConservation@citrusbocc.com with the address and date(s) of interest.
For more information about “Fix A Leak Week,” visit www.epa.gov/watersense.