Are you ready to chase down leaks? Household leaks can waste more than 1 trillion gallons of water annually nationwide, so each year we hunt down the drips during Fix a Leak Week. Mark your calendars for Fix a Leak Week 2016, March 14–20, 2016, but remember that you can race over to your plumbing fixtures and irrigation systems, fix the leaks, and save valuable water and money all year long.
Click the flyer to the left to download your copy of the Fix a Leak checklist.
IF your bill seems high, here are some possible causes…
Irrigation / Landscape
This is the most common cause of
a higher than average water bill. A broken irrigation line underground can be losing over 300 gallons per hour and you may not see it at the surface. Over-watering is also a common source of high usage
Water Softener /Reverse Osmosis
Water softeners not programmed properly can cycle hundreds of gallons per day through the system. A reverse osmosis system can use up to 5 gallons for every gallon of water it produces.
Leak (toilet, faucets, etc.)
The average leaking toilet can waste up to 6,000 gallons per month. Toilet leaks are often silent and can be intermittent, allowing loss of water to go undetected for long periods of time.
An average size swimming pool (400 sq. ft.) uses 16,000 gallons to fill and loses about 25,000 gallons each year due to evaporation and backwashing. Evaporation loss in the summer can be as high as 2,500 gallons a month.
Tips for a lower bill
For more information on conserving water:
The Facts About Water
Water Conservation Tips for Arizona Residents
WaterSense – Fix a Leak
Understanding Water Use and Your Bill
Water Saving Tips
Low Water Use Drought Tolerant Plant List
Water Saving Devices
Water Saving Opportunities in and Around the Home
Residential Conservation Information
Here’s How We Can Help:
Call 623-349-6121 to speak with someone about conservation.
For billing questions please call 623-349-6100.
Some of the recommended water conservation habit changes include:
- Reducing discretionary outdoor water uses such as car, patio, sidewalk or driveway washing
- Reducing evaporation losses by avoiding landscape watering during the heat of the day
- Using smart irrigation controllers to avoid overwatering
- Adjusting sprinklers to reduce overspray and run-off into streets
- Selectively replacing turf with xeriscape or lower water-use landscaping
- Discouraging winter over-seeding
- Using pool covers to reduce evaporation
- Limiting showers to 5 minutes or less
- Washing only full loads of laundry or dishes
The “Do it Yourself” Landscape Guide” (ADWR, 2006) provides color photographs, landscape and irrigation design plans, and a recommended plant list for 18 different landscape plans for single-family homes. The landscape plans provide a variety of options, ranging from xeriscape to turf areas, to meet individual needs and preferences.
The Arizona Municipal Water Users Association (AMWUA) is a voluntary non-profit corporation established by municipalities in Maricopa County for the development of urban water resources policy. AMWUA offers free online resources regarding lanscaping, xeriscape and plant selection to its members and the general public.
For more information, please visit their website at www.amwua.org