Household water leaks can waste nearly 1 trillion gallons of water annually nationwide. As such, on Tuesday, March 5, 2019, the Sugar Grove Village Board passed a resolution designating March 18-24, 2019 as Fix a Leak Week to encourage residents to find and fix leaks in their homes to save valuable water and money.
Sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) WaterSense® program, Fix a Leak Week is an opportunity to improve the water efficiency of your home. In the average home, household leaks waste more than 10,000 gallons of water each year – the amount of water needed to wash 270 loads of laundry.
Take the following steps to check for leaks in your home:
• Look at your January or February utility bill as these months most likely represent your base usage. If your winter usage exceeds 2,400 gallons per person per month, you may have a leak.
• If you suspect a leak, check your water meter before and after a two-hour period when no water is being used. If the meter does not read exactly the same, you most likely have a leak.
• Look for dripping faucets, shower heads, leaky toilets, water softeners, whole house humidifiers and fixture connections. Don’t forget to check irrigation systems, spigots and pools, as well.
To assist with your leak search, the Village of Sugar Grove provides free Toilet Tank Leak Detecting Tablets at the customer service counter at Village Hall, 10 S. Municipal Drive.
For more assistance on your water leak search and for water saving tips, visit http://www.sugargroveil.gov/departments/public-works/water-loss-and-leaks/.