The state Public Service Commission is encouraging residents to check their faucets, toilets and spigots for leaks this week, as part of national "Fix A Leak Week."
Sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's WaterSense program, the national initiative is designed to help prevent the more than 1 trillion gallons of water households waste each year.
Officials recommend looking for dripping faucets, showerheads, sprinklers, and other fixtures. To check toilets, they recommend putting a few drops of food coloring into the tank, waiting 10 minutes, and seeing if color appears in the bowl.
Those with outdoor irrigation systems and spigots are reminded to check those as well.
"Leaks can account for more than 10,000 gallons of water in an average home every year — the amount of water it takes to wash 270 loads of laundry," PSC Chairman Mike Albert said. "As a WaterSense partner, we are encouraging consumers to find and fix leaks to save water in our community."