FRANKFORT, Ky. (3/9/13) – The week of March 18 is “Fix a Leak Week,” and officials at the Kentucky Division of Water are encouraging residents to repair small water leaks in their homes.
Minor water leaks account for more than 1 trillion gallons of water wasted each year in U.S. homes, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) WaterSense program. Water leaks can account for an average of 10,000 gallons of water wasted in the home every year – enough to fill a backyard swimming pool.
The EPA suggests the following steps to check if you have a leak:
Follow these tips to help prevent water loss by leaks:
Other smart water-use tips include taking shorter showers, turning off the faucet while brushing teeth or shaving, running the dishwater or washing machine only when full and using a timer for the sprinkler system.
The EPA urges homeowners to replace plumbing fixtures with items featuring 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. Visit http://www.epa.gov/watersense/about_us/index.html to learn more about the WaterSense program and how you can make every drop count.
Information provided by Allison Fleck
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