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PHOENIX (CBS5) -

Arizona cities like Williams have already fallen victim to the bone dry winter.

"A drought doesn't equal a water shortage for us," said Kathleen Ferris, Executive Director of the Arizona Municipal Water Users Association.

Leaders from the 10 largest Valley cities had been hoping to hear that news from Ferris.

"We have done such great planning and water management and conservation for the last 30 years," Ferris explained.

Wednesday, the AMWUA-member cities approved spending $17,000 to launch a web site they hope hits home for a lot of people.

"Next week, some cities in the Valley will recognize, "fix a leak" week," Ferris added.

The centerpiece is a "Smart Home Water" guide. Through instructions on how to read a water meter, do an outdoor inspection, or check for leaks indoors, the idea is,  "to help homeowners identify and fix leaks," Ferris said.

Carl Bartoli, at Donley Service Center, says we often ignore leaks.

"Its a small leak. It's just a drip. It's not an inconvenience at this point. And they're used to paying that bill, even though it's excessive," Bartoli said.

But from the toilet to the shower, to the most common one of all, your sink, the leaks add up.

"They don't realize what it's costing them in the long run on a monthly basis, on their water consumption," Bartoli said.

Next week, both the cities of Peoria and Buckeye will host "Fix a Leak" week. There will be a run, family events and step by step information on how to fix leaks that are draining your budget.

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