Monday, September 13, 2010

Leaking Hoses and Drippy Faucets Waste Water

When was the last time you checked your hoses and outdoor faucets for leaks? As summer comes to a close it’s a good time to make sure your irrigation system is in good shape before you stow your hoses and sprinklers for the winter.

A tiny hole - just 1/16th of an inch in diameter in a hose or irrigation line can waste 25,000 gallons of water a month! A faucet that is dripping at the rate of 90 drops a minute can waste 288 gallons a month. The Regional Water Providers Consortium’s website has information and how-to videos on finding and fixing leaks. www.conserveh2o.org

Leaks account for 14% of the average American household’s water use. Save money and water by checking your hoses, irrigation lines and faucets regularly and make needed repairs.

What is the Regional Water Providers Consortium?
The is a group of over 20 area water providers and Metro that serves Clackamas, Multnomah and Washington Counties. The Consortium is committed to developing and implementing regional water conservation programs that help educate the public about conserving water.
Statistics provided by the Regional Water Providers Consortium Lindsey Berman, 503-823-0616, lberman@water.ci.portland.or.us