It's a great week to fix a leak

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In case you haven’t noticed, we’re in the middle of Fix A Leak Week, the annual Environmental Protection Agency campaign to raise awareness about small leaks and water waste. The Rancho Murieta Community Services District has joined with the EPA  to promote the effort and is offering rebates of up to $50 through March 31 for repairs that address irrigation system leaks or leaky toilets.

“A leaky faucet or sprinkler may not seem like a big deal in the grand scheme of things to the individual resident,” said CSD General Manager Edward Crouse. “But when you add all the small leaks district-wide and on a national level, it is a huge amount of water that is being wasted, not to mention the cost of processing that water, too.”

According to the CSD, many common leaks can be easily repaired at a low cost. Over time, the savings far exceed the repair cost.

These are tips the CSD is offering to identify and repair dripping faucets, running toilets, and
leaky shower heads:

  • Leaky toilets are most often the result of a worn toilet flapper. Replacing the rubber flapper is a quick fix that could save a home up to 200 gallons of water per day. Water conservation kits that include a dye tablet and an adjustable, water-saving flapper with complete instructions for installation are available at no cost at the CSD Building.
  • Reduce faucet leaks by checking faucet washers and gaskets for wear. If necessary, replace the faucet with a WaterSense labeled model.
  • Leaky garden hoses can be fixed by replacing the nylon or rubber hose washer and ensuring a tight connection to the spigot by using pipe tape and a wrench.
  • Landscape irrigation systems should be checked each spring before use to make sure they were not damaged over the winter. During the irrigation season,  check the system monthly.
  • Some leaky shower heads can be fixed by making sure there is a tight connection between the shower head and the pipe stem and using pipe tape to secure it. Free low-flow shower heads are available at the CSD Building.

The CSD Fix a Leak rebate application is available here. The rebate maximum is $50 per customer account.