Friday, March 08, 2019

Did you know that one trillion gallons of water can be wasted annually due to nationwide household leaks? The United States Environmental Protection Agency holds an annual Fix-a-Leak Week to provide resources to fix those leaks. This year’s Fix-a-Leak Week is March 18 through 24.

On Saturday, March 23, Arlington Water Utilities, in partnership with Arlington Public Library and Tarrant Regional Water District, is hosting a Fix-a-Leak Week event from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. at George W. Hawkes Downtown Library, 100 S. Center Street.

Professionals will be on site for demonstrations of easy fixes for household and outdoor leaks. There will be other specialists available to help you read and understand your water bill. Fixing leaks can save both water and money on your water bill. The first 25 people to register for the Arlington Fix-a-Leak Week event will receive a water efficient shower head. To register, please email Communication Coordinator Traci Peterson at Traci.Peterson@arlingtontx.gov

The EPA estimates that the average household can account for around 10 thousand gallons of wasted water annually and ten percent of the nation’s homes have water leaks that waste at least 90 gallons per day. By fixing a water leak, the homeowner can save around 10 percent on their water bill.

Here are some tips to find indoor and outdoor leaks at home:

  • Check your water meter, write the number down, before and after a two-hour window when no water is being used. If the reading changes during that time, you may have a water leak. A video showing how to read your meter is available here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2KY-73U_ml8&feature=youtu.be
  • Toilet leaks can be found by placing a food coloring drop into the tank at the back of the toilet. After 10 minutes, if you see any signs of the color in the bowl, you may have a leak.
  • To look for surface leaks, simply examine your faucet gaskets and pipe fittings. If you find water on the outside of the pipe, you may have a surface leak.
  • Arlington Water customers with one of the City’s remotely read water meters can view their daily water usage – and check for abnormally high usage that might indicated a leak - by logging in to the customer account access website at www.arlingtontx.gov/wateronline.

While Arlington Water encourages residents to look for leaks around their home, it also provides professional resources as part of the City’s water conservation initiatives.  

Between October 2017 and September 2018, 213 Arlington residents participated in the free sprinkler evaluation program co-sponsored by the City and Tarrant Regional Water District, the City’s raw water supplier. Participants received a comprehensive look into their sprinkler system, including a visual inspection of the backflow prevention device, sprinkler heads, and current controller watering schedule. Sixty systems had at least one obstruction contributing to water waste. Of the participants, 114 had at least one broken spray body and 56 had at least one broken nozzle, just one broken sprinkler head can contribute up to 25 thousand gallons of water waste in a 6-month watering season.

To sign up for a sprinkler evaluation, please visit www.SaveArlingtonWater.com.