Because minor water leaks account for more than one trillion gallons of water wasted each year in U.S. homes, Carmel Utilities is promoting “Fix a Leak Week,” March 16 – 22. Fix a Leak Week is sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) WaterSense® program as an annual reminder to Americans to check household plumbing fixtures and irrigation systems for leaks.
Carmel Utilities has partnered with Home Depot to offer a free leak repair clinic. The clinic will cover how to repair leaks in toilets, shower valves, faucets and hose bibs. You can also learn how to repair leaks in your main domestic lines due to the harsh winter conditions. There will be multiple displays set up with different types of valves and products. This clinic is free and reservations are NOT required. Customers are asked to check in at the service desk the morning of the clinic.
Fix a Leak Repair Clinic
Saturday, March 21st, 11 a.m.
Carmel Home Depot
9855 N. Michigan Rd.
To help consumers here in Carmel and across the country save water, Carmel Utilities is promoting ways to identify and repair dripping faucets, running toilets, and leaky showerheads. In most cases, fixture replacement parts pay for themselves quickly and can be installed by do-it-yourselfers, your favorite handy person, plumber, or WaterSense irrigation partner. Following are a few water-saving tips:
- Reduce faucet leaks by checking faucet washers and gaskets for wear and, if necessary, replace the faucet with a WaterSense labeled model.
- Leaky toilets are most often the result of a worn toilet flapper. Replacing the rubber flapper is a quick fix that could save a home with a constantly running toilet up to 200 gallons of water per day.
- For a leaky garden hose, replace the nylon or rubber hose washer and ensure a tight connection to the spigot using pipe tape and a wrench.
- Landscape irrigation systems should be checked each spring before use to make sure they are not damaged by frost or freezing.
For more information on Fix a Leak Week, visit www.epa.gov/watersense/fixaleak.