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Nip the drip

Nip the drip graphic
Graphic credit: Environmental Protection Agency.

Household leaks can waste more than 1 trillion gallons annually nationwide, which is why Denver Water is participating in the Environmental Protection Agency’s annual Fix a Leak Week, March 18-24.

The week represents a great time to make your home more efficient by finding and fixing leaks to save valuable water and money.

Here’s how to do it:

  • Check for dripping faucets, showerheads and other fixtures.
  • Test for silent leaks in your toilets by putting a few drops of food coloring into the tank and seeing if the color 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, twist on a WaterSense-labeled faucet aerator.
  • Replace the fixture if necessary. Look for WaterSense-labeled models, which are independently certified to use less water without sacrificing performance.

Learn more about Fix a Leak Week.

If you replace your toilet, the one you choose may be eligible for a rebate.