The Los Angeles County Waterworks Districts encourages consumers to pay attention to their water bills. If an unusual increase in water use or cost is noticed, it may be an indicator of an indoor leak or outdoor leak.
Each year, an average of 10,000 gallons of water is wasted because of leaks inside the home. A good time to check for indoor leaks is after you pay your water bill.
According to Virginia Fowler, a water conservation coordinator for the Waterworks Districts, “Fix A Leak Week,” recognized statewide from March 12-18, is an annual reminder for residents to conserve water by checking their household fixtures and irrigation systems for leaks.
“Consumers can start by checking for dripping faucets and toilets that run continuously,” Fowler said. “They should also inspect their appliances and fixtures for loose fittings and leaky pipes.”
Damp spots, mold and musty odors can be the first hint of hidden, under-sink leaks.
Inspect your irrigation system. Sprinkler valves should not be cracked or seeping water. Moist or saturated ground near exposed sprinkler heads could indicate broken valves. Trapped sand or debris can interrupt sprinkler shut-off valves causing continuous water flow.
If you have a pool, you may want to consult a pool professional for assistance that may have leak-detection devices. For more information on leak detection, visit http://epa.gov/watersense/pubs/fixleak.html.
Media Contact: Kerjon Lee, Public Affairs Manager, LA County Public Works (626) 458-4348