March 4, 2020
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Department of Water Supply Offers Free Leak-Detection Tablets During Fix-A-Leak Week, March 16-22
HAWAI‘I ISLAND – The Department of Water Supply (DWS), County of Hawai‘i is urging all of its customers to conserve our most precious resource by detecting and repairing leaks in their home plumbing in observance of the Environmental Protection Agency’s annual Fix-A-Leak Week, March 16-22, 2020.
“Household water leaks rob homeowners of 12 percent of their water bills through problems such as worn-out toilet flappers, dripping faucets, and leaking valves,” according to the EPA’s WaterSense®. “On average, a U.S. household can leak 11,000 gallons of water per year.”
Water customers can check for leaks by observing their water meter after turning off all faucets, spigots and water-consuming household appliances like clothes washers. If the meter continues moving, a leak may be occurring. Customers should also review their water bill, looking for usage spikes that may signify a leak.
To help reduce water loss resulting from leaky toilets, DWS will offer FREE leak-detection tablets during normal business hours and while supplies last at its Hilo, Waimea, Hōlualoa and Wai‘ōhinu offices. Using the dye tablets is a quick and easy way to identify leaky toilets, which are a common source of household water loss. Please limit one package per customer.
The EPA launched Fix-A-Leak Week in 2009 to educate consumers about water loss and help them find and repair household leaks. Additional detection and water conservation tips are available on both the EPA’s website, www.epa.gov/watersense/fix-leak-week, and the Department of Water Supply’s website, www.hawaiidws.org.
The Department’s mission is to provide customers with an adequate and continuous supply of safe drinking water in a financially responsible manner.