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Watch a 5-year-old Brooklyn boy detect a leaky toilet as part of Fix a Leak Week

The city's Fix the Leak Week aims to reduce household water waste.

George, a 5-year-old from Brooklyn, explains how to detect a leaky toilet during an adorable video released Tuesday as part of a new city push to reduce water waste.

"A leaky toilet can waste a lot of water and a lot of money," George says in the video.

The tutorial goes along with a new program that aims to put a plug in such toilet and residential water leaks, which can cost New Yorkers up to $50 a day.

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During Fix a Leak Week, running Tuesday through Saturday, the city's Department of Environmental Protection will host a series of outreach events to educate New Yorkers about how to detect and repair costly leaks in their homes.

"What many homeowners don't know is that a small leak or running toilet can waste a lot of water and result in higher water bills," DEP Commissioner Emily Lloyd said in a statement.

"The good news is that there are simple and inexpensive steps New Yorkers can take to detect and repair leaks before they lead to higher costs," Lloyd said.

Household leaks can waste over 1 trillion gallons of water a year nationwide. A running toilet in the city can waste between 30 and 4,000 gallons of water every day, according to the Department of Environmental Protection.

While the department has participated in a federal Fix a Leak Week, this is the city program's first year.

During the events, held at Home Depot stores around the city, New Yorkers can pick up leak detector dye tablets designed to identify leaky toilets.

Some tips to detect leaks and make repairs can be found here. Hey -- if George can do it, so can you.

Here's a complete list of Fix a Leak Week events at Home Depots:


  • Tuesday, March 18, from 2 to 7 p.m., 5602 Avenue U, Brooklyn, and 50-10 Northern Blvd., Queens

  • Friday, March 21, 2 to 7 p.m., 1906 Gun Hill Road, Bronx

  • Saturday, March 22, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., 2750 Veterans Road, Staten Island, NY


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