Learn Helpful DIY Fixes Featured in Fix-A-Leak Week Classes
By Alana Earle, Arlington Water Utilities
Posted on March 16, 2021, March 16, 2021

Fix A Leak Week 2021

Editor's Note: This article was originally published Feb. 2, 2021 and updated March 16, 2021, with video presentations from the Fix-a-Leak Classes.

With an estimated one trillion gallons of water being wasted annually due to household leaks, the US Environmental Protection Agency wants to encourage residents to find and fix leaky toilets, faucet, and other trouble spots. The agency’s annual Fix-a-Leak Week is right around the corner, from March 15 through March 21.

In coordination with the national event, Arlington Water Utilities, Tarrant Regional Water District, and the Arlington Public Library will hold two free online classes in early March to help residents get the information they need to become leak detectives.

DIY Sprinkler Repair – Monday, March 1, 6 -7 p.m. (March 16 update: This class has now been posted online. Click here to watch.)

Finding and fixing leaks can lead to better water conservation and can save homeowners money on their city services bills.

Participants in this class will learn about:

• All the parts of a typical home sprinkler system
• How to see if your system has uneven coverage
• How to adjust heads and maintain your system
• How to check your system for leaks

Dr. Dotty Woodson will be in the video conference demonstrating easy fixes for household and outdoor leaks. Arlington residents who register for the March 1st Fix-a-Leak Week event will receive a free sprinkler spruce up kit that can be picked up at the George W. Hawkes Downtown Library.

DIY Home Plumbing Repair – Monday, March 8, 6 -7 p.m. (March 16 update: This class has now been posted online. Click here to watch.)

Participants will learn about:
• Materials and tools needed for fixes and routine maintenance
• Identifying toilet leaks and fixing common toilet issues
• How to troubleshoot a leaky faucet or showerhead

Professionals will be in the virtual conference to walk participants through many common home plumbing issues and potential sources of water waste. They will also show participants how they can fix the issues on their own. Arlington residents who register for the March 8th Fix-a-Leak Week event will receive a smart water use kit that can be picked up at the George W. Hawkes Downtown Library.

Residents who register for either event will have access to recordings of the class, even if they are unable to attend the live event.

The EPA estimates that that 10 percent of the nation’s homes have water leaks that waste at least 90 gallons per day. Arlington Water customers with a remotely read water meter can view their daily water usage – and check for abnormally high usage that might indicate a leak - by logging into their virtual water account at www.arlingtontx.gov/KnowYourH2O.

While Arlington Water encourages residents to look for leaks around their home, it also provides professional resources as part of the City’s water conservation initiatives. To sign up for a FREE sprinkler evaluation offered in cooperation with Tarrant Regional Water District, please visit www.SaveArlingtonWater.com.

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