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As National Fix a Leak Week gets underway Monday, local water agencies and the Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors Association will join forces to help San Diegans save water — and maybe money.

As the potential for water supply reductions increase amid hot weather and a statewide drought, several San Diego-area agencies are urging residents and businesses to save water. Mandatory water conservation measures call for leaks like those from a dripping faucet or a worn toilet flapper be repaired within 72 hours.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said that each year household leaks send more than a trillion gallons of water down the drain nationwide.

“Plumbing leaks waste water and undermine regional conservation efforts,” San Diego County Water Authority Board of Directors Chairman Mark Weston said. “Thanks to the leadership of the Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors Association, San Diego County residents can save money on repair bills while they do the right thing to conserve our precious water supplies.”

The water authority started celebrating Fix a Leak Week early by giving away toilet leak detection tablets at the Saint Patrick’s Day celebration in Balboa Park and the World Water Day Festival, both on Saturday.

Participating PHCC businesses will mark Fix a Leak Week with a 10 percent discount up to $100 for those purchasing products and services related to fixing leaks this week and who mention the water authority partnership, according to the water authority.

“Many people are surprised to learn that they’ve been wasting water for months or even years without knowing it because of hidden leaks, and that a few common repairs can quickly solve most problems,” said Danielle Dorsey, executive director of the PHCC’s San Diego chapter.

At 12:30 p.m., the San Dieguito and Olivenhain Municipal water districts will host a session at the Encinitas Community Center on how to find and fix indoor leaks. A 2 p.m. class on troubleshooting outdoor leaks will follow.

On Wednesday, the City of Oceanside will host a workshop at the Civic Center in which a licensed plumber will point out most common household leaks, and how to fix them.

The Sweetwater Authority is offering its customers up to $75 discounts for fixing leaks throughout the month. The San Diego County Water Authority and its member agencies also offer free WaterSmart Checkups and recommendations.

Residents can also check for leaks themselves by checking their water meter before and after a two hour period in which no water is used. According to the water authority, if the numbers don’t match or if a small, red “leak detector” is spinning, there is likely a leak.

Common indoor leaks include dripping faucets and showerheads, and worn out toilet flappers. Most are easily detectable and repairable.

Outdoor leaks usually stem from irrigation systems, which should be checked at least every spring, officials with the water authority said.

—City News Service