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As part of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Fix a Leak Week, the City of Mesa is asking its customers this week to check fixtures around the house for leaks that can waste hundreds of gallons of water per month.

Fix a Leak Week, March 14-20, is meant to encourage water conservation by repairing common types of leaks found in the home include leaking toilet flappers, dripping faucets, showerheads, irrigation systems, and other leaking valves. Water leaks can add up to as many as 10,000 gallons of water wasted each year in your home. That is enough to fill a backyard swimming pool.

To lead by example, the City of Mesa has an active leak detection program that uses radio technology called permaloggers for listening for leaks. Approximately 400 permaloggers are in place throughout the water distribution system to listen for leaks in pipelines. The use of these loggers gives the City flexibility to repair a leak during normal business hours in a more controlled environment rather than at night or on weekends during an emergency situation. Leak detection and other system audits help to prevent and detect leaks and ensure that water is being delivered at optimal efficiency.

“Fixing leaks is easy to do, low cost and can save homeowners as much as ten percent or more on their water bills,” Mesa Conservation Specialist Donna DiFrancesco said. “And, because of our desert conditions, fixing leaks can help conserve our water supply for generations to come.”

Mesa water customer, Jacob Lozano checks out what’s inside the free Fix a Leak Week kit.

The City is offering free Fix a Leak Week kits that include dye tabs to check for toilet leaks; a drip cup to determine how many gallons of water are wasted each day, month and year from a simple dripping faucet; and a measuring device to determine the number of gallons used by your showerhead. Customers can pick up a kit at one of the following locations:

  • Mesa Main Library, 64 E. 1st St.
  • Red Mountain Branch Library, 635 N. Power Road
  • Dobson Ranch Branch Library, 2425 S. Dobson Road
  • Municipal Building, 55 N. Center St.
  • East Mesa Service Center, 6935 E. Decatur St.

As part of Fix a Leak Week, the Arizona Municipal Water Users Association (AMWUA), whose members include the municipalities of Avondale, Chandler, Gilbert, Glendale, Goodyear, Mesa, Peoria, Phoenix, Scottsdale and Tempe (all are also Water –Use It Wisely partners) will host the inaugural “We’re for Water 4-Mile Race” at 8 a.m. on Saturday, March 19 at Rio Vista Community Park in Peoria. Registration is just $25 and includes a snack, t-shirt, and reusable water bottle. The event also will feature music, food and hands-on demonstrations for leak repair.

To learn more about Fix a Leak Week visit the WaterSense Fix a Leak Week webpage. 

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