Tuesday, March 19, 2013 | 4:11 p.m.
The Southern Nevada Water Authority is joining the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to help people catch a pesky invisible thief in their homes — the leaky faucet.
The amount of water leaked from U.S. homes could exceed 1 trillion gallons per year, according to the EPA. In Southern Nevada, the leaks slowly eat away at the desert area’s dwindling water supply and increase water bills.
In an effort to stop persistent leaky faucets, the water authority is partnering with the EPA’s WaterSense program to offer tips during national Fix a Leak Week, which started Monday and ends Sunday.
Water authority officials recommend people check their faucets, irrigation systems, toilets and pools for any potential leaks. A faucet leaking water at a rate of one drip per second can waste more than 3,000 gallons per year, while a toilet running constantly can waste more than 200 gallons of water per day.
Both can be costly. Officials said fixing those leaks can save homeowner more than 10 percent on their water bills.
Tips and instructions to fix or prevent these issues are posted here. People can also request a free Indoor Water Audit and Retrofit kits to test their fixtures by calling the Conservation Helpline at 258-7283, officials said.