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Stop indoor water leaks

Annual household leaks waster 1 trillion gallons nationwide equals water use in 11 million homes
Image credit: Environmental Protection Agency.

Household leaks can waste nearly 1 trillion gallons of water a year nationwide, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. Finding and eliminating indoor water leaks in your home saves water and money.

To get started:

  • Check your toilet for leaks. Put a few drops of food coloring in the tank and wait 30 minutes to see if the color appears in the bowl. If it does, you may have a leaking flapper valve.
  • Check the sinks in the kitchen and bathroom for drips. Don’t forget to open the cabinet doors and check the hot and cold supply lines for leaks.
  • Check the bathtub and shower. When the water is diverted to the showerhead, the water flow from the tub faucet should stop.
  • Think about replacing older toilets with new, efficient WaterSense-labeled models, which use less water without sacrificing performance.