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Each St. Patrick’s Day in Chicago, IL there is a tradition of dyeing the Chicago River green. In Washington DC, the White House fountain also sports a vibrant leprechaun color in celebration. Here in Portland, you don’t have to be Irish to go green and save water this week! It is fix a leek week. Keep your home leak-free by repairing dripping faucets, toilet flappers, and showerheads.
Save that pot of gold this “Fix a Leak Week”! In most cases, fixing leaks and upgrading fixtures doesn’t require a major investment. As a Portland Water Bureau customer, FREE water conservation kits including new showerheads and faucet heads are available to you. How’s that for good luck? And if a new fixture head doesn’t solve the issue, many repairs you can do on your own.
Remember these simple steps: check, twist, and replace. Check for leaks in your bathroom using this easy how-to video. Then twist and tighten plumbing connections to stop drips. And don’t forget to replace old fixtures with WaterSense models to save water and money.
You can also use your water meter to check for leaks by noting the reading before and after a two-hour period when no water is being used. If the meter changes at all, you probably have a leak. If you think you have a leak, don’t despair! There are lots of resources available to help you isolate and fix leaks around your home. Here’s one of our favorites, a video on fixing common toilet leaks. Good luck; you can do it!