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Learn how to save money on your bills during "Fix a Leak Week"

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This week, the Indiana Office of Utility Consumer Counselor is trying to help save you money on your bills.

That's because it's the annual "Fix a Leak Week."

The office, water utility industry and others are reaching out to consumers to remind them how to spot leaks and the need to repair them.

Dripping faucets can waste thousands of gallons of water in a year, but they're easy and inexpensive to fix.

A broken groundwater supply line is costly to fix, but costs even more if you don't repair it.

Most people don't check their meters often, so they don't realize the line is broken until they get the bill.

The same goes for leaky toilets.

Mark Corn from Bud's Plumbing tells us many people who call them are angry they have to pay so much for a problem they didn't even know was there.

"You can't really tell sometimes that the toilet is actually leaking until you get the water bill," said Corn. "We've had people get a water bill as much as three or four hundred dollars for one month just because of one toilet leaking."

Luckily it's easy to see if your toilet has a problem.

Just put a few drops of food coloring into the tank and wait.

If any color shows up in the bowl after 15 to 20 minutes, you have a leak and it needs to be fixed quickly to avoid a higher-than normal bill.

You can find a more detailed list of tips for other water leaks here.

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