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Saving Water: How That Leaky Faucet Really Adds Up

A leaky faucet in a home is usually seen as an inconvenience. The image that TV shows, movies, and cartoons conjure up is the drip-drip-drip of a faucet driving some poor character bonkers who’s just trying to get a decent night’s sleep.

Of course you need to have a leaking faucet fixed if it’s annoying you. But you may not realize the extent of water waste that something so apparently simple can create. The waste from even a slow leak in a faucet can be tremendous. If you have a drip-drip-dripping faucet in your home, call on professional plumbers for repairs that will fix the problem—before any more water goes to waste.

How Bad Can a Leaky Faucet Really Be?

The U.S. EPA WaterSense program has looked into the issue of plumbing leaks in homes to measure how much water they waste. Their findings cast a light on how quickly those small drips add up.

For example, the leaks in an average household can account for 10,000 gallons… that’s 10,000, not 1,000… wasted each year. That’s the equivalent of 270 loads of laundry. When you add that up nationwide, that comes to 1 trillion gallons each year, which is enough to serve the water needs of 11 million homes.

Now if we narrow the findings down down from all leaks in a house to just the faucet, the numbers are still unpleasant. A leaky faucet that drips at the rate of a drip per second will end up wasting enough water over the year to take 180 showers (approximately 3,000 gallons a year). If you have a simple faucet leak fixed, you’ll probably save around 10% on your annual water bills.

If your home has a leaky faucet (or two), call licensed plumbers to have it taken care of. You’ll sleep better—and maybe you can use the money you save over the year to buy an extra comfy mattress!

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