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Posted Mon Apr 6 2009: from USA Today:
Leaks, wasteful toilets cause cascading water loss
The Environmental Protection Agency estimates that more than 1.25 trillion gallons of water -- equivalent to the annual water use of Los Angeles, Chicago and Miami combined -- leak from U.S. homes each year. According to the EPA, toilets account for nearly 30 percent of indoor water consumption in American homes. Old, inefficient toilets are responsible for the majority of the water wasted -- 200 gallons a day each in some cases. Often such leaks can be stopped by simply replacing the flapper, the piece of rubber that seals water into the tank and allows it to leave when you flush.... According to the U.S. Government Accountability Office, 36 states anticipate water shortages over the next five years.
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