Press Release

Kevin Kelly (573) 751-9300

Missouri Public Service Commission Supports
National "Fix-A-Leak Week"

JEFFERSON CITY---Water leaks cost you money–money that essentially goes down the drain. There are several things that you can do to conserve water and at the same time save money on your water bill.

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), household leaks can waste more than 1 trillion gallons of water annually nationwide. The average household’s leaks can account for more than 10,000 gallons of water every year-the amount of water it takes to wash 270 loads of laundry. According to the EPA, about 5 to 10 percent of homes have water leaks that waste 90 gallons or more of water per day. Many of these leaks reside in old fixtures, such as leaky toilets and faucets.

To help consumers find and repair easy-to-fix leaks and to promote conservation, the Missouri Public Service Commission is supporting the EPA’s Fix-a-Leak Week, March 20-26, 2017.

"Water is a vital resource and we need to do all that we can to preserve it. By fixing leaks, we are not only saving water in our communities and state but consumers are also saving money on monthly water bills," said Missouri Public Service Commission Chairman Daniel Hall.

Here are some tips to save water:

-- Check for leaks. Silent toilet leaks can be found by putting a few drops of food coloring into the tank and seeing if color appears in the bowl before you flush. Don’t forget to check irrigation systems and spigots, too.

-- Twist and tighten pipe connections.

-- Replace the fixture if necessary.

-- Install a water saving showerhead; they use one-third the amount of water that a regular showerhead uses.

-- Turn off the tap while shaving or brushing teeth.

-- Store drinking water in the refrigerator instead of letting the faucet run until the water is cool.

For more tips, visit the Missouri Public Service Commission website at


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