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Water-Wise Tip: Drip, drip, drip is the sound of wasted water

Got a leaky faucet that won’t stop dripping? Stop those drips and save water – more than you might guess. Find out how much with the Drip Calculator.
Got a leaky faucet that won’t stop dripping? Stop those drips and save water – more than you might guess. Find out how much with the Drip Calculator. Big Stock

This is part of a weekly feature in Home & Garden, highlighting ways residents can save water.

▪ Stop those drips.

It seems so small; just a little drip, one drop at a time from a leaky faucet. But those drips add up dramatically if allowed to continue. For example, a slow leak of 10 drips per minute adds up to 1.44 gallons a day and 43.2 gallons a month. That’s more than 525 wasted gallons a year if allowed to go unrepaired. A faster leak – such as one drip per second – can waste more than 8 gallons a day and 259 gallons a month. That translates to more than 3,000 gallons a year. Often these little leaks can be stopped with a new washer or other simple repair.

If you have a drip, you can calculate its potential waste with the Drip Calculator courtesy of American Water Works Association at www.awwa.org.

For more tips, visit www.bewatersmart.info. For the latest news and information on the California drought, click on: sacbee.com/news/state/california/water-and-drought.

Debbie Arrington

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