Even in the midst of rain, customers are encouraged to check for leaks and make much-needed repairs.
San Bernardino, CA – March 15th kicked off Fix a Leak Week, a celebration initiated by the U.S. EPA through their WaterSense program. The San Bernardino Valley Municipal Water District (Valley District) has partnered with WaterSense to provide resources and tools to check for leaks – indoors and out – at homes throughout the San Bernardino Valley.
Household leaks can waste nearly 1 trillion gallons of water nationwide each year*. From dripping faucets to running toilets to broken sprinklers, precious water resources flow down the drain. As residents are preparing to enjoy their yards during the warmer weather, they are encouraged to ensure their yards’ irrigation system is working as it should be.
“Residents are encouraged to seek out and fix leaks year-round, but especially now as we celebrate Fix a Leak Week, March 15-21,” commented Shavonne Turner, Valley District’s Water Conservation Program Manager. “As your devices are used, different components can wear down, making them less efficient in their use of water. Checking for leaks around your home on a regular basis is the number one thing you can do to save water.”
In celebration of Fix a Leak Week, Valley District is sharing tips on finding and fixing leaks on the District’s Instagram (SBVMWD), Twitter (SBVMWD) and Facebook (SBValleyDistrict) channels. General water saving resources, programs for students, and upcoming landscape workshops can be found on the District’s website (www.SBVMWD.com).
This weekend, Valley District will host an online landscape workshop, kicking off its WISE-UP landscape workshop series. Residents are encouraged to register for the Water Well Spent via EventBrite here.
“This weekend’s workshop will teach attendees about best practices for irrigation and water conservation,” stated Turner. “Attendees will walk away with an expanded knowledge on how to save water outdoors, and get the basics on retrofitting your irrigation system to maximize efficiency.”
While Fix a Leak Week is only a week-long celebration, Valley District encourages residents to find and fix leaks year-round by following these water-saving tips, recommended by the EPA*:
INDOOR WATER-SAVING TIPS:
Leaky faucets can be fixed by checking faucet washers and gaskets for wear, and replacing them if necessary.
Leaky showerheads can be fixed by ensuring a tight connection using pipe tape and a wrench.