Sarah Cunningham’s 5th
grade class of Hernando Elementary
Chairman Scott Carnahan drawing 5th grade Forest Ridge Elementary teacher Kristen Rolfe’s classroom for the pizza party.
In celebration of
the EPA’s “We’re for Water” initiative, Citrus County Utilities challenged 3rd,
4th and 5th grade classrooms to test home toilets for
leaks in the third annual Classroom Leak Detection Challenge. Twenty-nine
classes from six schools tested 593 toilets using dye tablets provided by the
“The students were
surprised to learn that toilet leaks occur within the tank and bowl, not
necessarily outside the toilet (leaking water on the floor),” said
Forest Ridge Elementary 5th grade science teacher Kathy
Kopp. Her first year taking the challenge, Kopp added that “it gave students a real-life activity to share with their
parents and other family members.”
One leaky toilet can waste up to 200 gallons a day,
according to water conservation manager Debra Burden. The challenge
prompted students and parents to find 90 leaky toilets that if fixed could
result in 18,000 gallons a day in water savings. Nearly fifty percent of
parents indicated they had already fixed the leak.
classes were also entered into a chance drawing to win a pizza party.
During the Citrus County Board of County Commissioners May 9, 2017 meeting,
Chairman Scott Carnahan drew 5th grade teacher Kristen Rolfe’s classroom of
Forest Ridge Elementary. The pizza is being generously donated by
Toilet leaks are
often caused by flapper deterioration. The flapper is the rubber device
that opens and closes to allow water into the toilet tank. When a flapper does
not fit snuggly, water leaks from the tank into the toilet bowl, and then goes
down the drain without the need of flushing. Flappers usually cost less
than $20 and are simple enough for the average homeowner to replace on their
Because it wants to ensure water supplies
last for future generations, Citrus County Utilities is doing its part to save water. Learn more about water
conservation by visiting www.citrusbocc.com/waterres/conservation
and take the I’m for Water pledge.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) created
“We’re for Water” as a national campaign to educate consumers about
water-saving behaviors and WaterSense labeled products.