Home & Garden

Leaky faucet adds up to lost gallons

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

•  Stop the drips; repair leaky faucets.

How much water can that little drip really waste? More than you may imagine. Studies have shown that a moderately drippy faucet wastes 15 to 20 gallons a day. That adds up to 5,400 to 7,300 gallons a year.

Often, the leak may be as simple to fix as replacing a washer in the faucet. Until the repair is made, catch some of that water in a bucket for use on plants; you’ll also be able to see just how fast your faucet is leaking.

For more tips, visit www.BeWaterSmart.info.

– Debbie Arrington