2013-city-of-santa-maria-logo-colorBeginning Monday, March 20th through Sunday, March 26th, the City of Santa Maria Utilities Department will celebrate “Fix a Leak Week” to promote water conservation through leak detection and repair. The average loss of leaking faucets over one month can be quite significant:

30 drops per minute 54 gallons per month
60 drops per minute 113 gallons per month
120 drops per minute 237 gallons per month
½” stream of water 1,014 gallons per month
1 ½” stream of water 2,202 gallons per month

Common home leaks include dripping faucets and showerheads, toilet flappers, and other leaking valves. In most cases, replacement parts do not require major investment, and can be installed by homeowners. Fixing easily correctible household leaks can lead to measurable financial savings, and it is easy for residents to “Look, Listen, and Feel.”

  • Look at all pipes inside the home. Check underneath the kitchen sink, bathroom, laundry room, and the front/back hose bib.  If there is a slow leak or a wet spot around the area, or noticeable drip, there may be a leak in the pipes.
  • Listen for dripping faucets and toilets flushing without pressing the flapper.  Fixing a leaky toilet can save a family up to 500 gallons of water each month.
  • Feel for drips and leaks inside and outside the home.

This is the ninth year the Utilities Department has collaborated with the Environmental Protection Agency and other local water purveyors to promote water conservation through leak detection and repair.  As a Water Sense® partner, the Utilities Department is here to help.  To learn more or schedule a complimentary home water visit, call  (805) 925-0951 ext. 7235, or visit www.cityofsantamaria.org/utilities.  More information is also available at the EPA Water Sense® website at www.epa.gov/watersense/fixaleak.


Department:                             Utilities
Contact Person:                       Myra Ritchie, Water Conservation Specialist
Telephone Number:                  (805) 925-0951 ext. 7235
E-mail Address:                       mritchie@cityofsantamaria.org