Fix a Leak Week

Calling all Leak Detectives!

EPA leak detective drop

St. Cloud Utilities will once again be celebrating the Environmental Protection Agency's annual "Fix a Leak Week!"

From March 15-21, 2021, put on your detective hat and test out your P.I. skills... Plumber Investigator skills that is! Look for leaks inside and outside of your home that need to be fixed. Don't forget that you can always check for leaks any time of year! 

Come see St. Cloud Utilities in City Hall during Fix a Leak Week to pick up your sleuthing supplies to help assist you in your investigation. We have some vital tools that you will need such as:

  • Toilet test dye tablets
  • Compact multi-tools
  • Toilet flappers
  • Other fun and useful items!


Leaks are more common than you think!

  • The average household's leaks can account for nearly 10,000 gallons of water wasted every year and ten percent of homes have leaks that waste 90 gallons or more per day. 
  • Common types of leaks found in the home are worn toilet flappers, dripping faucets, and other leaking valves. These types of leaks are often easy to fix, requiring only a few tools and hardware that can pay for themselves in water savings. 
  • Fixing easily corrected household water leaks can save homeowners about 10 percent on their water bills!


Here are some helpful tips:

  • Take a look at your water usage during a colder month, such as January or February. If a family of four exceeds 12,000 gallons per month, there are serious leaks.
  • Check your water meter before and after a two-hour period when no water is being used. If the meter changes at all, you probably have a leak.
  • Identify toilet leaks by placing a toilet test dye tablet or a drop of food coloring in the toilet tank. If any color shows up in the bowl after 10 minutes, you have a leak. (Be sure to flush immediately after the experiment to avoid staining the tank.)
  • Examine faucet gaskets and pipe fittings for any water on the outside of the pipe to check for surface leaks.

For more information about certain type of leaks, how to fix them and other helpful tips, please visit the EPA's Fix a Leak Website!

Source: EPA 2021