Americans are flushing billions of dollars down the toilet every year ‒ along with a trillion gallons of needlessly wasted water ‒ thanks to leaky plumbing. Now the Environmental Protection Agency is channeling Mr. Fix-It to get a handle on the problem.
The average household’s leaks ‒ like dripping faucets, singing toilets or malfunctioning sprinkler systems ‒ can account for more than 10,000 gallons of water wasted every year, according to the EPA. Ten percent of American homes have leaks that waste at least 90 gallons of water per day.
Nationwide, more than 1 trillion gallons of water are wasted annually, which is equal to the annual household water use of more than 11 million homes. If that spilled water was conserved and transported to California, it would account for 40 percent of the drought-ridden state’s water requirements for a year. With the Golden State having only a year’s worth of water left, it’s also 9 percent of the total water needed to end that multi-year dry spell.