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March 19, 2013

Fix a leak week

NORMAN — In recognition of the fifth annual Fix a Leak Week, the Norman Water Treatment Division encourages Norman residents to check winter water bills for indications of leaks in home plumbing and to fix any leaks they find.

If winter water usage for a family of four exceeds 12,000 gallons per month, it’s likely that the home has a leak problem. Some easy tips for things that can be done to conserve water and save money on your monthly water bill include:

· Check toilets for silent leaks by putting a few drops of food coloring in the tank at the back and, if after 10 minutes, color shows up in the bowl before flushing, it may be time to make an easy repair and replace the flapper.

· Check outdoor hoses for damage from winter frost and tighten connections at the water source.

· Inspect in-ground sprinkler systems, sprinkler heads and pipes, for signs of leakage.

· Check additional plumbing and outdoor fixtures for leaks. They may just need a quick twist or pipe tape.

It is estimated that one in every ten homes has a leak that is wasting ninety gallons or more of water a day. With more than 30,000 homes in Norman connected to the water system, that means over 270,000 of water is being wasted every single day.

For additional water conservation and water quality protection ideas visit the City of Norman’s Green Norman website at www.greennorman.org.

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