This week is the Fix-a-leak week in the City of Dallas. As an international UNT graduate student focused on environmental sciences and concerned about the water issues Texas faces every year, today is my turn to remind Americans how to be water conscious and check their household fixtures and irrigation systems for leaks. We can save valuable resources this spring season in a 1-2-3 process.
- Checking for leaks: We must identify the source of the leak.
- Fixing the leaks:
- Toilets: A common reason why toilets leak is a worn out toilet flapper which is a rubber part that can fret over time. We can consult a licensed plumber to get it replaced; they are inexpensive and easily found.
- Faucets:Old and worn faucet washers frequently cause leakage. In this case, we can search for tutorials available online to show us how to fix a wide variety of faucets.
- Shower heads: Leaky shower heads can be repaired by making sure there is a tight connection between the shower head and the pipe stem and by using pipe tape to secure it.
- Outdoors: We should check our in-ground irrigation system each spring before usage to make sure it wasn’t damaged by freezing temperatures during the winter.
- If we find that these solutions are not enough, it might be time to ask for some help. The Dallas Water Conservation Divison offers several programs to help customers with their water woes.
- The average household’s leaks can account for more than 10,000 gallons of water wasted every year, the amount of water needed to wash 270 loads of laundry.
- A good method to inspect for leaks is to look at the water usage. We can check the water meter before and after a two-hour period when no water is being used. If the meter does not read exactly the same, we may have a leak.
- A leaky faucet that drips one drip per second can waste more than 3,000 gallons per year, the amount of water needed to take 180 showers.
- Luckily, the City of Dallas Water Conservation Department has great solutions to prevent and revert back these facts, by offering several programs to help customers in their residences and/or businesses fix their leaks, either by providing a free service or financial incentives to use water more efficiently.
Residents have the following options:
Not leaving business behind, the City of Dallas can help their facilities save water as well throughout these programs:
Now that we know all the options the City of Dallas Water Utilities offers for homes and/or business, there is no valid excuse for not saving water this spring. The City of Dallas Water Utilities is ready to book an irrigation system check-up right now, we just need to make the decision of caring about water and start making the difference in our society. Make the City of Dallas a city inhabited by knowledgeable people who save water and valuable money by fixing their leaks. J
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