The River Keeper March 2017

Water is life!

We often take that simple H2O for granted. We underestimate the value of water and how it is apart of our everyday lives. We use it for drinking, irrigation, household purposes, electricity, and recreational uses. Water is one of the most vital natural resources for life on Earth. Although there has been plenty of fresh water on Earth, water has not always been available when and where it is needed, nor is it always of suitable quality for all uses. Water does have limits and boundaries to its availability and suitability for use, so please remember to use water wisely.
Roanoke River

Fix a Leak Week is March 20-26.

Detect And Chase Down Leaks

Did you know household water leaks can waste more than 1 trillion gallons of water annually nationwide. Inspecting your home inside and out can save valuable water and money all year long.

The Facts on Leaks

Finding and fixing leaks is easy as 1-2-3


1. Check Your Utility Bill


A place to start is to examine your utility bill for January or February. It’s likely that a family of four has a serious leak problem if its winter water use exceeds 12,000 gallons (or 16CCF) per month. You can also look for spikes - is your water use a lot higher this month than it was last month? Learn more about your water bill: http://1.usa.gov/1Qw3Eg9. 

2. Read Your Water Meter


Find your water meter, which is usually near the curb in front of your home but can be inside your home (e.g., in the basement) in cold climates. Use a screwdriver to remove the lid on your meter, which is heavy and usually marked “water.” Now that you’ve found the meter, take a reading during a period when no water is being used. If the meter does not read exactly the same after two hours, you probably have a leak. Here’s a tip on how to read a water meter: http://bit.ly/1TeYnMu.

3. Take a Toilet Test


Put a few drops of food coloring into the tank at the back of your toilet and let it sit for 10 minutes. If color shows up in the bowl, you have a leak. Make sure to flush afterward to avoid staining, and consider replacing your old toilet flapper if it is torn or worn. 


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