It is Time to Get a Handle on Leaks

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Tampa water customers are being asked to check plumbing fixtures and irrigation systems at their homes and businesses this week. March 12 – 18, 2010, is the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) WaterSense program’s “Fix a Leak Week.”

The EPA estimates, on average, more than 10,000 gallons of water, or enough to fill a backyard swimming pool, are 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.

One method to check for leaks is to check your water meter reading before and after a two-hour period when no water is being used. If the second reading is higher than the first reading, you may have a leak. Monthly visual inspections of irrigation systems can help identify potential problems, too.

During "Fix a Leak Week" the Tampa Water Department will have a table display in the lobby of the Tampa Municipal Office Building at 306 East Jackson Street in Downtown Tampa to provide free leak information. Additionally, the Tampa Water Department has materials and information available to assist customers with identifying leaks, improving the efficiency of their irrigation system and calculating their water use online. Customers can find this information, request free low-flow plumbing retrofit kits and other conservation items, learn about Tampa’s reclaimed water, and find tips on how to decrease water consumption at their home or business at

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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