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For Immediate Release

For more information contact:
Brad L Baird, P.E., Director of Water Department
(813) 274-8663
It is Time to Get a Handle on Leaks - Fix a Leak Week is March 18-24
Tampa, FL March 19, 2013 - Tampa water customers are being asked to check plumbing fixtures and irrigation systems at their homes and businesses this week as part of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) WaterSense program’s “Fix a Leak Week,” March 18 – 24, 2013.

The EPA estimates, on average, enough water to fill a backyard swimming pool -- more than 10,000 gallons of water -- is lost to leaks in the home every year. Common types of leaks include leaking toilet flappers, dripping faucets, and broken irrigation system components. In many cases, replacement parts do not require a major investment and can be installed by do-it-yourselfers.

If you suspect you have a leak somewhere but the most likely sources have checked out okay, enlist the help of your water meter:
  1. Make sure no water is being used inside or outside (no clothes washer filling, no shower running, no watering outdoors, etc.).
  2. Locate your meter box, carefully remove the cover and raise the top of the meter dial cover.
  3. Find the leak detector, the small red triangle on the face of the meter dial. If all your water sources are off, the leak detector should not be moving. Record all the numbers on the dial.
  4. If the leak detector is rotating or if the numbers on the dial have increased, you may have a leak somewhere in your water system or pipes. You may need the services of a licensed professional to check for leaks and possible underground breaks in your service pipes.
It is important to note that the leak detector on the meter cannot be used to determine if your home is leak-free. Some leaks, such as those in irrigation systems, pools or water softeners, may only be active when the systems are in use. The Tampa Water Department has materials and information available to assist customers with identifying leaks and calculating their water use online at tampagov.net/FixaLeak.

Since 2007, the Tampa Water Department has been a WaterSense partner in the EPA program. The WaterSense program was established to protect the future of the nation’s water supply by promoting and enhancing the market for water-efficient products and services.

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