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March 12, 2012 Published in EcoNews

Virginia American Water Supports EPA’s “Fix a Leak Week”

To highlight the fact that water leaks can cause an average of 10,000 gallons of water to be wasted in the home each year, Virginia American Water today announced its support for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s “Fix a Leak Week” by encouraging residents to use the company’s online leak detection kit and follow tips to save water lost by leaks. Fix a Leak Week runs March 12-18.

“We encourage our customers to check for leaks throughout their homes,” said Virginia American Water President William Walsh. “Ten percent of homes have leaks that waste 90 gallons or more each day. Fixing leaks not only saves thousands of gallons over the course of a year but also saves money and helps preserve our precious water resources.”

To help customers locate indoor and outdoor leaks, American Water offers an online leak detection kit, available. The kit contains checklists for directing the search for leaks in toilets, faucets, pipes, washing machines, and other appliances and fixtures.

Virginia American Water is a member of EPA’s WaterSense program and conducts consumer education focused on smart water use to conserve water supplies now and for future generations. The company also recommends the following tips to help save water lost by leaks:

•           Regularly check your toilet, faucets, and pipes for leaks.

•           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 a 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 showerheads 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 curb water use.

If homeowners have to replace plumbing fixtures, look for the WaterSense label. Toilets and faucets with the WaterSense label have been independently tested and certified to save water and perform as well as or better than standard models.

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