The Cheyenne Board of Public Utilities [BOPU] is urging people to find and fix water leaks to save money and water.

The BOPU cites U.S. Environmental Protection Agency figures showing the average American home leaks more than 10,000 gallons of water a year, which is about the same amount it would take to do 270 loads of laundry.

BOPU spokeswoman Dena Egenhoff says the easiest way to tell if your home is leaking water is by turning off everything that uses water in the home for a couple of hours and then checking the flow detector on your water meter.

If the red triangle or propeller is moving and the numbers on your meter have changed, there is a leak. Egenhoff advises people to check toilets, faucets, sinks and water pipes for leaks.

She says that while most leaks are easily repaired, in some cases people might want to replace old fixtures or appliances with new ones.