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Fix A Leak Week

Post Date:03/16/2020 5:10 PM

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March 16, 2020


City of Santa Maria Announces Fix a Leak Week


The City of Santa Maria Utilities Department is joining the Environmental Protection Agency and other local water purveyors to promote “Fix a Leak Week” starting Monday, March 16th through Sunday, March 22nd. Fix a Leak Week is an annual event encouraging water conservation through leak detection and repairs.


Residents are reminded to regularly check their indoor and outdoor plumbing fixtures. Common home leaks include dripping faucets and showerheads, toilet flappers, and other leaking valves.  In most cases, replacement parts do not require major investment and can be installed by homeowners. Fixing easily-correctible household leaks can lead to measurable financial savings. To check for leaks, residents should “Look, Listen, and Feel” for leaks:


  • Look at all pipes inside the home. Check underneath the kitchen sink, bathroom, laundry room, and outside hose bibs. If there is a noticeable leak or a wet spot around the area, there may be a leak in the pipes.

  • Listen for dripping faucets and all running toilets due to worn flappers.

  • Feel for drips and leaks inside and outside the home.


The average loss of water leaking faucets over one-month period can be significant:


30 drops per minute

54 gallons per month

60 drops per minute

113 gallons per month

120 drops per minute

237 gallons per month

½” stream of water

1,014 gallons per month

1½” stream of water

2,202 gallons per month


To obtain more information or to schedule a complimentary home water visit to evaluate potential leaks, call (805) 925-0951 extension 7235. More information is also available at the EPA Water Sense® website at


Department:                           Utilities

Contact Person:                     Myra Ritchie, Water Conservation Specialist

Telephone Number:                (805) 925-0951 ext. 7235  

E-mail Address:             



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