Jan 09, 2015

WaterSense Launches Program to Help Homeowners Fix Residential Leaks

The program will help families cut back on the more than 1 trillion gal of water wasted by residential leaks annually nationwide

Suburbia, water leaks, EPA

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), 10% of homes in the U.S. have leaks that waste 90 gal of water or more per day. To help Americans eliminate water waste, EPA’s WaterSense program is encouraging consumers to find and fix leaks as part of its seventh annual Fix a Leak Week, March 16 to 22, 2015.

To help families cut back on the more than 1 trillion gal of water wasted by residential leaks annually nationwide, WaterSense partners are planning community races, leak-fixing workshops and other educational events. From encouraging consumers to replace worn toilet flappers to inspecting irrigation systems, utilities, retailers, plumbers and irrigation professionals can help consumers save water indoors and out. Several organizations have adopted the "Chasing Leaks" theme and are hosting or joining running races to get consumers involved and promote three simple steps to find and fix leaks:

  • Check your water meter before and after a two-hour period of no water use. If the meter does not read exactly the same, there is probably a leak.
  • Twist pipe and hose connections to reduce water loss and use a wrench or pipe tape if needed to seal shower fixtures and hose connections.
  • Replace old or inefficient fixtures with WaterSense-labeled models, which use at least 20% less water and are independently certified to produce the same spray, flush or flow consumers have come to expect.

WaterSense also is inviting its partners and interested plumbers to kick off the week by joining the Fix a Leak Week "Twitter party" on Monday, March 16, from 2 to 3 p.m. EST. During the Twitter party, participants can tweet and search for retweets using the #FixALeak hashtag to help followers learn more about finding and fixing leaks. 

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