Be a Leak Detective!

Did you know that your toilet could be leaking right this minute, and you might not even know it? Leaky toilets waste water and raise water bills, which is why North City Water District is once again participating in the annual Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-sponsored Fix A Leak challenge to help homeowners identify leaky toilets and reduce water bills.

It’s so easy to test your toilet, even a kid can do it. Which gave us an idea…

Rather than simply making test kits available for walk-in customers, we decided to take the idea one step further: for the past four years, we’ve been sponsoring Fix-A-Leak programs in nine local area schools, distributing test strips and instruction packets to help teachers create a fun, educational contest about water conservation.

Last year alone, over 1000 students participated in the challenge… checking for toilet leaks at home, and returning a form to their teachers reporting the results. The results were impressive: students found and fixed 167 leaks, while discovering first-hand how much a seemingly small change can make a big difference when it comes to water conservation.

Saving Water Partnership Fix a Leak Detective

Here’s What to Expect:

Starting the week of March 21, 2016, North City Water District will begin distributing test strips and packets to participating schools, with completed forms due on April 15th. Classrooms with 100% participation will be entered into a drawing for some great prizes, including classroom supplies and pizza parties.

Fix a Leak Toilet Dye vertDon’t have a student, but want to test your toilet too? No problem, just stop by our main office for a free test dye test strip kit. If you discover a leak, we can even provide tips on how to fix it. Or you can consult the Saving Water Partnership website for handy online tips.

Whether you own a home, rent an apartment, or run a local business, worn out toilet flappers and leaky valves can raise your water bills by as much as 10%­­!

For more information on the Fix-A-Leak program, and/or to obtain your free toilet test kit and even some free hose bib washers, contact Theresa Harrington, Executive Assistant at North City Water District by email at or by phone at 206.362.8100.

Will You Take The Challenge?