"...the EPA's WaterSense program estimates it's about a trillion gallons a year, nationwide. It amounts to the annual water use of more than 11 million homes...."
She says 10 percent of homes waste 90 or more gallons of water each day. Schmidt says the fixes often are simple and cheap....
"....the leaks come from the dripping faucets, toilets and shower heads. In most cases, when you think about these replacement parts, we're not talking a major investment versus the utility bills...."
Schmidt says while the initial investment to replace a fixture can stop a person from doing the replacement, the long-term savings from lower water bills makes replacement a good choice. Schmidt says the Department of Natural Resources has a "Fix A Leak" webpage which has videos to show you how to fix the water-wasting leaks.