Hundreds of millions of gallons of water are wasted each year by leaking pipes and Ute Water is asking Mesa County residents to fix their leaks during Fix a Leak Week.

Ute Water along with other water experts are sharing information for Fix a Leak Week March 14-20.

One of the jaw-dropping facts Ute Water shared is leaky pipes account for 60% of wasted water. That waste costs water users $14 billion a year.

In the US alone, leaks add up to one trillion gallons of water per year. That's enough water to supply 11 million homes.

A faucet or shower head that drips as little as 10 times per minute wastes 500 gallons of water over a year's time. If that same drip were to happen once every second, the waste would equal 3,000 gallons.

If you would like more information or need some tips on locating leaks, the Fix a Leak Week website may help.

Ute Water customers can also contact them or their water provider if they suspect a leak but aren't sure how to get started finding it.

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