Water leaks cost you money–money that essentially goes down the drain. There are several things that consumers can do to conserve water and at the same time save money on their bill. The Missouri Public Service Commission is supporting the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Fix a Leak Week, now through Sunday. According to the EPA, average household leaks can account for enough water to fill a backyard swimming pool or 90 gallons or more of water per day. Fixing them can save you more than 10 percent on your water bill.
Here are some tips to save water:
-- Check for leaks. Silent toilet leaks can be found by putting a few drops of food coloring into the tank and seeing if color appears in the bowl before you flush. Don’t forget to check irrigation systems and spigots, too.
-- Twist and tighten pipe connections.
-- Replace the fixture if necessary.
-- Install a water saving showerhead; they use one-third the amount of water that a regular showerhead uses.
-- Turn off the tap while shaving or brushing teeth.
-- Keep drinking water in the refrigerator instead of letting the faucet run until the water is cool.
For more tips, visit www.psc.mo.gov
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