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Fix a leak and get a chance to win a $50 gift card!

Do you enjoy fixing leaks and saving water?

Would you like a chance to win a $50 gift card to a Long Beach Certified Blue Restaurant and a Long Beach Utilities water efficiency swag bag?

Join us for EPA WaterSense Fix a Leak Week from March 20-26 and win big! We’ll be selecting five lucky winners who participate in our Fix a Leak Week Sweepstakes!

All you need to do is inspect your toilet for leaks (see instructions below) and send us a photo of your inspection result. Submit your photos along with your billing information via email or come by our office, 1800 E. Wardlow Road, to show us your photos and billing information.

And it doesn’t have to stop at the toilet! Share photos of you inspecting your faucets, pipes, outdoor sprinklers … anywhere water could be leaking.

How to test your toilet for a leak — AND FIX IT!

A toilet leak can waste a lot of water — and your money! But don’t worry, finding and fixing toilet leaks is simple. Let’s break it down.


Get some dye.

Stop by the Long Beach Utilities Administration building at 1800 E. Wardlow Ave. during business hours (8 a.m. -4:30 p.m.) to pick up some toilet dye strips. Or stay home and use some extra food coloring.


Drop the dye into your toilet tank.

Remove the tank lid from your toilet, drop in the dye strip or 10 drops of food coloring, DO NOT FLUSH and  wait 30 minutes. After 30 minutes, if any color shows up in the bowl, you’ve got a leak.

Note: Make sure to flush your toilet once your test is complete to remove the dye from the tank.

Got a leak? Fix it by replacing the flapper or inflow valve. 

To fix the leak, close your angle stop so your toilet water supply stops, then visit your local hardware store and buy a toilet repair kit. The nice person in the store can show you how simple it is. More than likely your leak was caused by a worn flapper or a worn fill valve, both of which are easy DIY projects.

For a more detailed explanation, watch this video or contact a plumber.

Sweepstakes Guidelines

  • The sweepstakes begins March 20, 2023, at 12:01 a.m. PDT and ends on March 31, 2023, at 11:59 p.m. PDT.
  • LB Utilities will give away five $50 gift cards to a Long Beach Certified Blue Restaurant.
  • Five winners will be selected on April 3.
  • One entry per entry method permitted for up to four entries per household. There is a limit of one gift card per household.
  • Must be an LB Utilities customer. LB Utilities employees are not eligible for a prize.
  • All photos become property of LB Utilities.
  • For full sweepstakes rules, click here.


Email us at WATERCONSERVATION@LBWATER.ORG with the following to complete a sweepstakes entry:

  • Email subject line: LB Fix a Leak Sweepstakes 2023
  • Photos
  • First and Last Name
  • Phone Number
  • Address
  • Email
  • Long Beach Utilities Account Number (water or gas)

All points above are required for sweepstakes entry and verification by the L B Utilities.

If emails aren’t your thing, you can bring the required points above to our Long Beach Utilities Administration Building at 1800 E. Wardlow Ave. during business hours (8 am -4:30 pm).


You can earn another sweepstakes entry by following the easy leak check on your free WaterSmart Portal:

1. Log in to your WaterSmart Portal.

2. On the Home tab, navigate to the top-middle of the page and select Check if I have a leak.

3. A new tab will appear. Select Start checking for leaks to begin the training module.

4. After reading the information and watching the videos, let us know what you found! Then select submit to be entered in the sweepstakes.

5. If you didn’t find a leak, let us know using the Contact tab at the end of the Check if I have a leak training to enter in the sweepstakes and so we can assist you with any ongoing issues you may be having around your home.


Post your leak-checking photos on Instagram or Twitter, making sure to tag us @lbutilities, then send us a Direct Message (DM) with your LB Utilities account number or street address to receive an extra entry into the Fix a Leak Sweepstakes.

Need help? Contact our Water Conservation Staff 562-570-2455.

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