The Delaware Public Service Commission announced Gov. John Carney’s declaration of March 19-25 as Fix a Leak Week in Delaware.

The Environmental Protection Agency’s WaterSense partnership program Fix a Leak Week provides information and tips on how to conserve water and detect water leaks both inside and outside of the home. Fix a Leak Week encourages Americans to become leak detectives and help minimize the more than 1 trillion gallons of water lost each year at homes throughout the country due to leaks.

In three simple steps, Delawareans can detect and prevent leaks in their homes:

First, check the water meter at the beginning and end of a two-hour period when no water is being used in or out of the home. If the amount on the meter changes, there may be a leak. Also, check toilets by putting a few drops of food coloring in the tank and waiting 10 minutes to see if coloring appears in the toilet bowl. If it does, there may be a leak.

Second, twist any faucet valves, pipe connections or hoses to prevent or stop leaks.

Finally, replace old and leaky plumbing with more efficient fixtures to stop leaks and save water without losing pressure. Irrigation timers can also be replaced with efficient models that tell sprinklers when and how much water is needed depending on the weather conditions.

For more, visit epa.gov/watersense.