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Fix A Leak Week aims to reduce water woes

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BRIGHTON — The city of Brighton is teaming with the Environmental Protection Agency’s WaterSense program to promote the fifth annual Fix A Leak Week. Through March 23, residents are encouraged to check their plumbing fixtures and irrigation systems for potential leaks. 

“Leaks can account for more than 10,000 gallons of water in an average home every year – enough water to wash nearly 10 months worth of laundry,” said Brighton water resource specialist Dawn Hessheimer in a statement. “As a WaterSense partner, we are encouraging consumers to find and fix leaks to save water in our community.”

To help save water for future generations

• Check for leaks. Look for dripping faucets, showerheads and fixture connetions. 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 pipe connections. To save more water without a noticeable difference in flow, 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 or better than standard models.

In many cases, fixture replacement parts pay for themselves quickly.

KBRI-8 will be airing a how to program throughout the month to help residents learn how to identify potential leaks in their home. It can also be watched online at www.brightonco.gov/477/KBRI-8-Videos. Additional tips on how to detect and fix leaks can be found at www.epa.gov/watersense/our_water/fix_a_leak.html.