Simple Steps to Big Savings

Common Plumbing Leaks Waste Money

Drip, Drip, Drip…. Even a little water waste is something that should never be ignored. More than 1 trillion gallons of water are lost annually nationwide due to easy-to-fix leaks both inside and outside American homes. Here in San Francisco, it’s estimated that one in five homes has an ongoing plumbing leak. That’s why the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) is teaming up with the U.S. EPA for national “Fix a Leak Week,” March 18-24, as an annual reminder to check household plumbing fixtures and irrigation systems for leaks.

Homeowners and property managers with do-it-yourself – or “DIY” - know-how can take advantage of standard repair and replacement fixtures available free to San Francisco water customers, including toilet leak repair parts and high-efficiency showerheads. ”

Routine fixture repairs are something we can all do to conserve water and can add up to big savings on water bills. San Franciscans are getting involved by putting a stop to hissing, running toilets and leaky fixtures. Common types of leaks found in the home include worn toilet flappers, dripping faucets, and showerheads. All are easily correctable and in most cases don’t require a major investment. Homeowners and property managers with do-it-yourself – or “DIY” - know-how can take advantage of standard repair and replacement fixtures available free to San Francisco water customers, including toilet leak repair parts and high-efficiency showerheads. installing a faucit aerator

If you need help getting started, the SFPUC provides free home and garden water surveys that help address both indoor and outdoor inefficiencies and undiscovered leaks that can increase water bills. These surveys are often the first step to improving household water efficiency. During the visit, a SFPUC water conservation expert will provide advice on how your household can reduce water use, as well as free high-efficiency showerheads, faucet aerators and toilet replacement parts and identify older toilets and clothes washing machines eligible for replacement through rebate programs. A recent SFPUC study showed homes that participated in a free water-use assessment and replaced at least one toilet fixture with a high-efficiency model, reduced annual water use by an average of 15 percent. In 2012, the SFPUC conducted more than 1,000 surveys in single-family homes throughout San Francisco, about 10 percent of which were households in Westside neighborhoods including Glen Park, West Portal and Lake Merced. This year the SFPUC hopes to see increased involvement from the Westside communities and plans to reach out to the City’s top water-using accounts to encourage participation.

For more information on water conservation services and plumbing leak repairs, visit, www.sfwater.org/homeleaks or call (415) 551-4730. You can also join the SFPUC to kickoff “Fix a Leak Week” here at Lowe’s Home Improvement on Saturday, March 16, 11 am – 4pm, 491 Bayshore Boulevard. Water conservation experts will be on hand to provide leak repair demonstrations, information on WaterSense® fixtures, rebates and home water-survey sign-ups.

March 2013