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City of Clearwater Announces Fix a Leak Week
CLEARWATER - Did you know that an American home can waste, on average, 11,000 gallons of water every year due to running toilets, dripping faucets, and other household leaks? That's why the City of Clearwater urges you to participate in Fix a Leak Week, from March 15th to 21st. Get the facts on water leaks:
- In one year, leaks can waste enough water to fill a backyard swimming pool.
- The amount of water leaked from American homes nationwide could exceed more than one trillion gallons per year. That's equivalent to the annual water use of residents of Los Angeles, Chicago, and Miami combined.
- Ten percent of homes have leaks that waste 90 gallons or more per day.
- A showerhead leaking 10 drips per minute wastes more than 500 gallons per year. That's enough water to wash 60 loads of dishes in your dishwasher.
- A leaky faucet that drips at the rate of one drip per second can waste more than 3,000 gallons per year.
- Common types of leaks found in the home include leaking toilet flappers, dripping faucets, and other leaking valves. All are easily correctable.
- Fixing easily corrected household water leaks can save homeowners more than 10 percent on their water bills.
- Keep your home leak-free by repairing dripping faucets, toilet valves, and showerheads. In most cases, fixture replacement parts don't require a major investment and can be installed yourself.
- The majority of leaks can be eliminated after retrofitting a household with new fixtures and high-efficiency appliances.
Be sure to check your plumbing fixtures and irrigation systems for leaks that waste water. Visit www.myclearwater.com for more information.
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