Every drop counts, especially in a drought.
City leaders are marking "fix-a-leak week" hoping to raise awareness for wasted water. The Environmental Protection Agency reports more than 1,000,000,000 gallons of water leaks from U.S. homes each year.
The city of Wichita is handing out free tablets to check for leaky toilets. Homeowners are encouraged to drop the tablet in the back tank, wait about 10 to 15 minutes, then open the bowl and look for dye. ¿¿
Dripping faucets also add up. Finding leaks and fixing them could save up to 10-percent on monthly water bills.
"One drop every second, that adds up to about a cup an hour, which is a gallon and a half over a day," said Kay Drennen, a local environmental specialist.
The free tablets abre available at the Wichita water center, 101 E. Pawnee, or City Hall, 455 N. Main.