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City Joins EPA in Promoting Second Annual Fix A Leak Week

Post Date:02/21/2008
The City of Carrollton has joined the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as it declares March 15 to 21 as the second annual WaterSense “Fix a Leak Week” to remind Americans to check household plumbing fixtures and irrigation systems for leaks. The declaration comes in response to the fact that minor water leaks account for more than 1 trillion gallons of water wasted each year in U.S. homes.

WaterSense is a partnership program sponsored by the U.S. EPA to protect the future of our nation’s water supply by promoting and enhancing the market for water-efficient products and services.

“Leaks can account for 11,000 gallons of water wasted in the home every year, or enough to fill a backyard swimming pool,” said Brian Little, Water Utilities Division Manager. “Fixing easily corrected leaks is not only a smart way to save water for the future, it can save homeowners more than 10 percent on their water bills.”

To help consumers across the country save water, WaterSense is promoting ways to identify and repair dripping faucets, running toilets, and leaky showerheads. In most cases, fixture replacement parts are easy to install and pay for themselves in no time. Following are a few water-saving tips:

Reduce faucet leaks by checking faucet washers and gaskets for wear and, 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.

Landscape irrigation systems should be checked each spring before use to make sure they are not damaged by frost or freezing.

If homeowners have to replace a plumbing fixture, EPA reminds them to look for the WaterSense label. WaterSense labeled toilets and faucets have been independently tested and certified to save water and perform as well as or better than standard models. WaterSense also partners with certified landscape irrigation auditors, designers, installers, and maintenance professionals with water-efficiency knowledge; see epa.gov/watersense to find a WaterSense irrigation partner in your area. For more information on Fix a Leak Week, visit epa.gov/watersense/fixaleak.

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