Agencies designate ‘Fix a Leak Week’

CNJ staff

This week, March 15 through 21, has been designated “Fix a Leak Week” through partnership between the City of Clovis, New Mexico American Water and the Environmental Protection Agency.

Water in the Clovis region is of particular concern because the area draws most of its water from the rapidly depleting Ogallala aquifer, the release said. Overall, production levels of wells from this source are dropping about 10 percent annually.

Aquifer levels are expected to continue to drop and Clovis’ water supply will need to be augmented, the release said.

Tips:

• Leaky toilets are most often the result of a worn toilet flapper. Replacing the rubber flapper is a quick fix that could save a home up to 200 gallons of water per day.

• Reduce faucet leaks by checking faucet washers and gaskets for wear and, if necessary, replace the faucet with a WaterSense-labeled model.

• For a leaky garden hose, replace the nylon or rubber hose washer and ensure a tight connection to the spigot using pipe tape and a wrench.

• Landscape irrigation systems should be checked each spring before use to make sure they were not damaged by frost or freezing.

On the web: At www.amwater.com/nmaw/