As part of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Fix a Leak Week, the city of Mesa is asking its customers to check fixtures around the house for leaks that can waste hundreds of gallons of water per month, according to a press release.
Fix a Leak Week, March 16-22, is meant to encourage water conservation by repairing common types of leaks found in the home including leaking toilet flappers, dripping faucets, showerheads, irrigation systems and other leaking valves. Water leaks can add up to as many as 10,000 gallons of water wasted each year in a home. That is enough to fill a backyard swimming pool, according to the release.
To lead by example, the city of Mesa has an active leak detection program that uses radio technology for listening to leaks called permaloggers. The city has 659 permaloggers in place throughout the water distribution system to listen for leaks in pipelines. The use of these loggers gives the city flexibility to repair a leak during normal business hours in a more controlled environment rather than at night or on weekends during an emergency situation. Leak detection and other system audits help to prevent and detect leaks and ensure that water is being delivered at optimal efficiency, according to the release.
“Fixing leaks is easy to do, doesn’t cost a lot and can save homeowners and businesses as much as 10 percent or more on their water bills,” City of Mesa Conservation Coordinator Donna DiFrancesco said in the release. “And, because of our desert conditions, fixing leaks can help conserve our precious water supply, which is always important.”
To check for leaks in a home, first determine if water is being wasted. The city is offering free resources to assist residents, including a free toilet leak detection card and a new, easy step-by-step booklet called Find and Fix Leaks That Are Draining Your Budget. Customers can pick up both items at one of the following locations or by calling 480-644-3306:
•Mesa Main Library, 64 E. First St.
•Red Mountain Branch Library, 635 N. Power Road.
•Dobson Ranch Branch Library, 2425 S. Dobson Road.
•Municipal Building, 55 N. Center St.
•East Mesa Service Center, 6935 E. Decatur St.
As part of Fix a Leak Week, the Arizona Municipal Water Users Association, whose members include the municipalities of Mesa, Avondale, Chandler, Gilbert, Glendale, Goodyear, Peoria, Phoenix, Scottsdale and Tempe, will host a “One for Water 4-Miler” race to join the “running toilet” Leaky “Loo” McFlapper at 7 a.m. on Saturday, March 21, at Rio Vista Community Park in Peoria. The event also includes a family fun festival featuring music, food and hands-on demonstrations for leak repair and more. To register or to learn more about Fix a Leak Week, visit www.fixaleakweekaz.com.
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