Watch the mailbox for a free leak-detection kit

March 16, 2010

By Warren Kagarise

NEW — 12:25 p.m. March 16, 2010

To keep a vital natural resource from going down the drain, conservation officials have mailed leak-detection kits to every single-family residence in Issaquah.

The city Resource Conservation Office and Cascade Water Alliance sent the kits — a dye strip to be used to determine whether toilets leak water. A leaky toilet can waste thousands of gallons of water each year.

“Every home has toilets and eventually they all leak,” Mike Brent, water resources manager for the water alliance, said during a City Council meeting Monday.

Brent joined city Resource Conservation Office Manager David Fujimoto and a water conservation mascot — a blue, anthropomorphic water droplet named Wayne Drop — at the meeting to discuss the importance of leak detection.

“Fix a Leak Week is just one of several opportunities that we have to encourage residents and business owners and others to take advantage of incentives, educational programs, technical assistance and other things that are available to the community to help folks use water more efficiently,” Fujimoto said.

During the meeting, Mayor Ava Frisinger also proclaimed March 15-21 as Fix a Leak Week. Discover other ways to conserve water here.

Cascade Water Alliance will also partner with local hardware stores to offer discounts on replacement flappers and free classes about toilet repair.

“The purpose of Fix a Leak Week is to encourage homeowners to find leaks in their home and fix them — it’s just that simple,” Brent said.

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