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Simple steps to save water and money

Regional Water Providers Consortium offers free indoor water saving kits


Many of people ignore the sound of a trickling stream coming from the toilet. Or maybe you’ve chosen to overlook those small, slow drips from a bathroom faucet or kitchen sink.

After all, how much water does it really waste?

According to the EPA, a lot. The agency says more than 1 trillion gallons of water leak every year in homes across the U.S. That’s enough water to sustain the population of Los Angeles, Chicago and Miami, combined, for the year.

It’s also estimated that leaks in almost 10 percent of American homes drip away nearly 90 gallons of water a day. In the greater Portland metro area, that can mean about $100 in water charges going down the drain a year.

Many of these leaks occur in old fixtures, such as leaky toilets, faucets and showerheads. Fix these drips and residents may save water and money.

Toilet leaks are often caused by old, faulty toilet flappers that have decayed or have developed mineral buildup over time. Replacing a toilet flapper is relatively easy and costs less than $5. In either case, just remember to bring your old one with you to the hardware store so that you can get a replacement part with the proper fit.

With Fix a Leak Week around the corner (March 17-23), there’s no better time to check your home for leaks and make every drop count.

To help save water and money, the Regional Water Providers Consortium—a group of more than 20 regional water providers plus the regional government Metro— is offering free indoor water saving kits to customers who reside in the consortium service area (find out if you qualify at conserveh2o.org/consortium-members). Available through March 22 (while supplies last) the kits include a bathroom faucet aerator, kitchen faucet aerator, high-efficiency showerhead, shower timer, toilet leak-detection dye tablets and a toilet fill-cycle diverter.

To request a free kit, visit the Regional Water Providers Consortium on Facebook, facebook.com/RegionalWaterProvidersConsortium.



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