Fix a Leak Week

water drop mascot and waterDid you know that across the country, nearly 1 trillion gallons of water is wasted from household leaks each year?

Sponsored by EPA’s WaterSense® program, Fix a Leak Week is an annual event that promotes water conservation by supporting utility customers as they chase down and repair leaks in their homes.

“Small drips from faucets and often-overlooked toilet tank leaks can add up quickly. Leaks can account for nearly 10,000 gallons of water in the average U.S. household each year. We are encouraging our customers to proactively detect and repair leaks during Fix a Leak Week. Most common household leaks are easily detectable and correctable, which not only makes you a more environmentally conscious consumer, but also reduces your monthly bill.” said Adam Steurer, Utilities Director for the City of Hendersonville. “As stewards of our community’s water resources we work every day to reduce leaks and improve efficiencies throughout our water system by investing millions into our +680 miles of pipes each year.”

To help save water for future generations, Hendersonville Water and Sewer is asking consumers to check, twist, and replace:

  • Check for leaks. Look for dripping faucets, showerheads, sprinklers, and other fixtures. Also check for toilets with silent leaks by putting a few drops of food coloring into the tank, waiting 10 minutes, and seeing if color appears in the bowl before you flush. Toilet tank dye tablets can be picked up at City Hall (160 6th Avenue E) or City Operations (305 Williams Street) during regular business hours to help you ID leaks! Don’t forget to check irrigation systems and spigots, too. 
  • Twist and tighten hose and pipe connections. To save water without a noticeable difference in flow in your bathroom, twist on a WaterSense labeled faucet aerator.  
  • Replace the fixture if necessary. Look for WaterSense labeled models, which are independently certified to use 20 percent less water and perform as well as or better than standard models. 

We also encourage our customers to take advantage of AquaHawk Alerting, a free service that allows you to monitor your water usage and receive alerts when your usage indicates a leak. These notifications can help you save money on your water bill and can help prevent property damage. Note: It is important that you keep your contact information up-to-date to receive these notifications. Contact the Customer Service Department at (828) 697-3052 to verify. 

Register for AquaHawk Leak Alerts

In many cases, fixture replacement parts pay for themselves quickly and can be installed by handy “do-it-yourselfers" or local plumbing professionals. Irrigation professionals certified through a WaterSense labeled program can also check your systems for leaks. Visit to find WaterSense labeled products or an auditor in your area.  

For more information on Fix a Leak Week, visit  

WaterSense, a partnership program sponsored by EPA, seeks to protect the future of our nation's water supply by offering people a simple way to use less water with water-efficient products, new homes, and services. Since the program's inception in 2006, WaterSense has helped consumers save trillions of gallons of water and billions in water and energy bills. For more information, visit 



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In partnership with EPA's Watersense program, we are excited to be participating in Fix A Leak Week! 

Do you know what a toilet flapper is? This simple rubber device holds water in the tank, then releases water into the bowl when the toilet is flushed. But the rubber can wear out, so the flapper should be replaced at least every five years to ensure a good seal and avoid leaks.

Tips for Replacing Your Toilet Flapper

It’s never been easier to check for leaks and save money on your water bill every month! The City offers a FREE service to all water customers called AquaHawk that allows you to view your water consumption, receive timely leak alerts, and control your water expenses. EPA WaterSense has also put together this checklist that provides information on how you can detect and chase down leaks that may be hiding in different parts of your home. Take the 10 Minute Challenge and wipe out your water waste!water leak
flooded kitchenLeaks can lurk in many places inside your home. Toilet, faucet, and showerhead leaks are all very common and could be costing you more than you think. Replacing the old or worn-out rubber valve seal (or flapper) of a toilet is a quick and inexpensive way to fix your water woes. Similarly, replacing your faucet aerator to stop a dripping sink is a small change that can lead to big savings. And don’t forget about your showerhead! Make sure there is a tight connection between the showerhead and the pipe stem. Follow these tips and you’ll “nip that drip” in no time!
Spring is upon us, and that means it’s a great time to check your in-ground irrigation system to make sure it wasn’t damaged by frost or freezing. Even small leaks can add up. An irrigation system that has a leak 1/32nd of an inch in diameter (about the thickness of a dime) can waste roughly 6,300 gallons of water per month! Be sure to also check your garden hose for leaks at its connection to the spigot. If it leaks while you run your hose, replace the nylon or rubber hose washer and ensure a tight connection to the spigot using pipe tape and a wrench.hose with leak in it

2024 Fix a Leak Week Activities

Fix A Leak Week Webinar

Join the City of Hendersonville staff on March 15, 2024, at 2:00 PM, to learn practical tips for fixing water leaks in and around your home, watch a demo on how to sign up for AquaHawk alerts, and learn how to enter our Eco-friendly Toilet Giveaway! *The webinar has already taken place, watch the recording below!*

WAtch the webinar

After the webinar airs, a recording will be available to watch on our website. If you need additional accommodations to watch the video, please contact Gracie Erwin at (828) 697-3057.

Win an American Standard High Efficiency Toilet

This year we are giving away a brand new, eco-friendly, dual-flush toilet! To enter you must complete one of the following:

  1. Participate in the Fix a Leak Week Webinar and answer the secret question.
  2. Fix a leak in or around your home and take a photo, then upload it with your entry! 
  3. If you're an existing Hendersonville Water & Sewer customer, sign up for AquaHawk alerts, and/or update your alert notifications. You will need your water account number for this submission option.

Only one entry per participant. If you win the toilet, arrangements can be made for pick-up at the City Operations Building, located at 305 Williams Street.

Enter Toilet Giveaway

Free Toilet Tank Dye Tablets

Look for dripping faucets, showerheads, sprinklers, and other fixtures. Also check for toilets with silent leaks by putting a few drops of food coloring into the tank, waiting 10 minutes, and seeing if color appears in the bowl before you flush. Toilet tank dye tablets can be picked up at City Hall or City Operations during regular business hours to help you ID leaks!

Art Contest

The City of Hendersonville invites young Leak Detectives to showcase their artistic talents! Download water conservation activity sheets for kids, submit their completed artwork, and even share unique creations. Select submissions may be featured on our social media or displayed in public buildings around the City.

Enter Art Contest

Fix a Leak Week learning resources, activity sheets, and Leak Detection certification cards are available at City Operations and City Hall during normal business hours.