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FIX-A-LEAK week could drop your water bills

Illinois American water has an initiative that could save you some money. It's their annual fix a leak week. They say small leaks and other water issues in your home could significantly raise your water bills. According to the EPA an average home wastes nearly 10,000 gallons of water a year due to minor leaks. Ways to you can check are to look at your water bill for above average increases… After extreme temperatures check faucets and gaskets for leaks.

“For Illinois American Water, this week is a way to encourage our customers to use water wisely,” said Beth Matthews, vice president of operations. “We want to emphasize to our customers water conservation not only can save money, but it also helps preserve water, a precious resource.

Illinois American Water offers these tips for detecting leaks:

 Check your Illinois American Water bill monthly. If the usage increases to above average and there was no change in your home size, there most likely is a leak.

 Check your water meter at the start and end of a two-hour period during which no water is being used (i.e., when no one is home). If the meter changes, there most likely is a leak. Click here to see how to read your meter.

 Place a drop of food coloring in your toilet tank and see if the water in the bowl changes colors within 10 minutes. If so, you have a leak.

 At least once a season – and especially after extreme temperature changes – check faucet gaskets and pipe fittings for surface leaks, indicated by water on the exterior of the pipes.

 Check in-ground irrigation systems and hoses each spring. Make sure they weren’t damaged by frost or freezing.

Leon Hendricks

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