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Students Challenged to Detect Toilet Leaks

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2019

Citrus County Utilities is hosting its fifth annual Classroom Leak Detection Challenge for 3rd, 4th and 5th grade classrooms.  This annual event celebrates the EPA’s “We’re for Water” initiative by challenging students to test their home toilets for leaks.  All necessary supplies are provided by the utility.

This is a hands-on leak detection activity that teaches children and adults alike how to find and fix toilet leaks.  “What a great opportunity for students to learn firsthand how a small leak wastes hundreds of gallons of water each (day),” said Gwen Hunt, fourth grade Forest Ridge teacher. Hunt is correct. According to EPA Water Sense, one leaky toilet can waste up to 200 gallons a day.

Using dye tablets provided by the utility, twenty-seven classes from six schools tested 352 home toilets for leaks in 2018.  Together, students found 68 leaky toilets with an estimated saving of 13,600 gallons of water a day when fixed.

This is a fun and engaging event with free shower timers for students of participating classrooms.  All classes are also entered into a chance drawing to win a pizza party. 

Teachers interested in participating in the 2019 challenge should send an email to by April 12, 2019 that includes the school, teacher name, grade and the number of students.  The utility will mail toilet leak detection supplies directly to the school. For more information, contact Debra 


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