Pennsylvania American Water offers water-saving tips for "Fix a Leak Weak"
Ways to detect, repair household leaks featured on YouTube video
Saving water and fixing common household water leaks are the impetus for the sixth annual “Fix a Leak Week,” running March 17-23. Pennsylvania American Water is partnering again with the Environmental Protection Agency to promote the annual campaign, which is part of the EPA’s Water Sense program and is designed to raise awareness about small leaks and other water waste that might be occurring within homes.
“The average household’s leaks can add up to more than 10,000 gallons of water wasted every year; the same amount of water needed to wash 270 loads of laundry,” said Pennsylvania American Water Vice President of Operations Steve Tambini. “Being proactive in checking for leaks and fixing them in a timely manner not only makes you a more environmentally conscious consumer, but also saves money on your monthly water bill.”
In addition to providing water-saving tips online, Pennsylvania American Water produced a three-minute video showing how to check for leaks throughout the household and how to make easy, inexpensive repairs. The tips can save thousands of gallons of water over the course of a year. The video is posted on the company’s YouTube channel (youtube.com/paamwater) and Facebook page (facebook.com/pennsylvaniaamwater).
Considering there are more than 110 million households in this country, a seemingly minor leaky faucet or running toilet collectively results in a tremendous amount of wasted water. More than a trillion gallons of water are lost annually nationwide through leaks occurring within homes, with the average residence losing 11,000 gallons a year this way.
Tambini said Pennsylvania American Water conducts ongoing customer education focused on wise water use to help preserve water supplies. He also recommends the following tips to help save water lost by leaks:
- Regularly check your toilet, faucets, and pipes for leaks. If you find a leak, have it fixed as soon as possible.
- Reduce faucet leaks by checking faucet washers and gaskets for wear and replace them, or, if necessary, replace the faucet with a WaterSense-labeled model.
- Leaky toilets are most often the result of a worn toilet flapper. Replacing the rubber flapper is a quick fix that could save a home up to 200 gallons of water per day.
- For a leaky garden hose, replace the nylon or rubber hose washer and ensure a tight connection to the spigot using pipe tape and a wrench.
- Tighten connections on your shower heads if drips appear when the shower is off.
- Check your garden and lawn irrigation system for leaks, or hire a certified WaterSense expert to check it for you.
- Consider installing water and energy-efficient appliances. The EPA reports that certified Energy Star washing machines use up to 35 percent less water per load. Water-saving shower heads, toilets and faucet aerators also help cut your water usage.
Homeowners can also download a copy of the company’s Leak Detection Kit, highlighting common areas for leaks, from the company’s website at www.pennsylvaniaamwater.com.
If homeowners have to replace plumbing fixtures, look for the WaterSense label. WaterSense-labeled toilets and faucets are independently tested and certified to save water and perform as well as or better than standard models. Visit www.epa.gov/watersense for more information.
Pennsylvania American Water, a subsidiary of American Water (NYSE: AWK), is the largest water utility in the state, providing high-quality and reliable water and/or wastewater services to approximately 2.2 million people. Founded in 1886, American Water (NYSE: AWK) is the largest publicly traded U.S. water and waste water utility company. With headquarters in Voorhees, N.J., the company employs approximately 6,600 dedicated professionals who provide drinking water, wastewater and other related services to an estimated 14 million people in more than 40 states and parts of Canada. More information can be found at www.amwater.com.
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