Reduce Water Loss During “Fix-a-Leak” Week – March 12 to 16

As part of Halton Region’s Water Efficiency program, Halton residents are being encouraged to reduce water loss at home as part of “Fix-a-Leak” week, running March 12 to 16, by checking for and repairing any leaks in fixtures and plumbing.

Did you know that a leak of one drip per second can waste 10,000 L of water in a year?  This is enough to fill 50 bathtubs. Small drips from faucets or showerheads, and slow leaks from running toilets can add up to significant volumes of wasted water.

Water is essential to our daily lives and by repairing drips and leaks helps to avoid unnecessary water loss and is an important part of making our homes more water efficient.  

In order to become more water efficient, checking for leaks and identifying their source is an important first step.  Here’s how to get started:

  • Test for running toilets. Identify toilet leaks by placing a drop of food coloring in the toilet tank. If any color shows up in the bowl after 20 to 30 minutes, there is a leak (be sure to flush immediately to avoid staining the bowl).   Deteriorating toilet flappers are a major cause of running toilets.  Check with your local plumbing supply store to ensure you replace the flapper with one specifically designed for your toilet. 
  • Check pipe connections. Examine faucet gaskets and pipe fittings such as showerhead connections for any water on the outside of the pipe, as this may indicate surface leaks.  You may want to contact a plumber to undertake repairs.
  • Replace the fixture if necessary.  Look for the WaterSense logo to be assured you are using the most water efficient fixtures available.  Check to see if you are eligible for a $75 rebate through Halton’s Toilet Rebate Program.
  • Just add air.  Install an aerator on any faucets that don’t already have one.  They are inexpensive and installation simply requires screwing the aerator on to the end of the faucet.
  • Inspect outdoor faucets and in-ground irrigation systems.  Each spring, check outdoor faucets and connections for drips, and in-ground irrigation systems for leaks before use to make sure they have not been damaged by frost or freezing. Ensure automatic irrigation systems will not come on when it rains.
  • Check your water meter. Read your water meter before going to bed, then again in the morning.   Assuming that no water has been used overnight, if the meter has moved at all, you have a leak somewhere.
  • Reduce.  Be mindful of how we use water and look for other ways to be more water efficient.

Wise use of water is not only important for the environment but also helps to ensure reliable water supplies today and for future generations.

To learn more about “Fix-a-Leak Week” or to order a free copy of the Household Guide to Water Efficiency please contact Halton Region by dialing 311 or 905-825-6000, toll free 1-866-442-5866, TTY 905-827-9833 or visit us online at

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