As part of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Fix a Leak Week, the city of Mesa is asking its customers to check fixtures around the house for leaks that can waste hundreds of gallons of water per month.
Fix a Leak Week, March 20-26, is meant to encourage water conservation by repairing common types of leaks found in the home including 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 acoustic sensors called permaloggers. Mesa has over 700 permaloggers deployed throughout the water distribution system to listen for leaks in pipelines. The use of these loggers gives the city the ability to identify and locate leaks when they first appear and the 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 discover and repair leaks to ensure that water is being delivered at optimal efficiency.
“Fixing leaks is easy to do, doesn’t cost a lot and can save homeowners and businesses as much as 10 percent or more on their water bills,” City of Mesa Conservation Coordinator Donna DiFrancesco said. “And, because of our desert conditions, fixing leaks can help conserve our precious water supply, which is always important.”
It’s easy to check for leaks in your home, and to help the city is offering free resources to assist residents, including a free toilet leak detection card and an easy step-by-step booklet called “Find and Fix Leaks That Are Draining Your Budget.” Customers can pick up both items at one of the following locations or by calling 480-644-3306:
- 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.
To learn more about Fix a Leak Week, visit: www.mesaaz.gov/conservation.