A Toast to Tap: New Jersey American Water Offers New Year's Resolutions for
a Healthy and Sustainable 2013
VOORHEES, N.J. -- January 3, 2013
As a new year starts, many New Jersey residents are taking on a variety of
initiatives for a healthier and more environmentally sound lifestyle. New
Jersey American Water, the largest water provider in the state, has compiled a
list of easy-to-adopt, water-conscious New Year's resolutions for consumers
who want the health benefits of being well hydrated while ensuring that
high-quality drinking water will continue to be available for future
Resolution #1: Drink for Your Health
The Cornell Medical Center estimates that as many as 3 out of 4 Americans are
chronically dehydrated. Even mild dehydration can lead to fatigue and loss of
concentration. Water flushes toxins from vital organs, carries nutrients to
cells, and contributes to muscle health — decreasing joint and back pain,
among other benefits. The Mayo Clinic cites research from The Institute of
Medicine recommending that men consume roughly 3 liters (about 13 cups) of
water and women consume 2.2 liters (about 9 cups) of water per day. And tap
water will help you meet that recommended amount more cheaply, safely and
sustainably than bottled water (see Resolution #2).
Resolution #2: Drink Sustainably
Keep a reusable bottle of water near your desk, during workouts, or close at
hand while home for frequent water breaks. Tap water is less expensive than
bottled, at about a penny a gallon on average; often considered safer, since
it is regulated by the EPA, with tests performed multiple times a day (while
bottled water is less stringently regulated by the FDA); and more
environmentally friendly, as 85% of recyclable plastic water bottles end up in
the trash, according to the Container Recycling Institute, resulting in an
average of 38 billion water bottles added to landfills every year.
Resolution #3: Check for Leaks
Millions of gallons of water are lost to leaks every year across the country.
In fact, a single toilet leak can result in more than 100 gallons of water
lost each week. To check for toilet leaks, put a few drops of food coloring in
the tank, then watch for a few minutes. If the color shows up in the bowl,
there's a leak that needs to be repaired. Also look for drips or stains
underneath and behind appliances such as dishwashers and washing machines.
Outdoors, check for damaged sprinkler system heads and system leaks. As a
general test, check your water meter before and after a two-hour period in
which no water is being used. If the meter changes at all, you probably have a
leak. Leak detection kits are available from American Water in a downloadable
PDF file at http://www.amwater.com/Customer-Service/Wise-Water-Use/.
Resolution #4: Use Water-Efficient Fixtures
Advances in plumbing technology and design have resulted in faucets, showers
and toilets that use significantly less water than standard models while still
delivering the rinse, spray and flush that consumers expect. Look for the
EPA's WaterSense label at leading retailers. If one in every 10 American homes
upgraded a full bathroom with WaterSense labeled fixtures, combined savings
would represent about 74 billion gallons of water per year!
Resolution #5: Insulate Pipes
Take steps to prevent water loss and water damage from frozen and burst pipes.
Search for pipes that are not insulated or that pass through unheated spaces
such as crawlspaces, basements or garages. Wrap them with pre-molded foam
rubber sleeves or fiberglass insulation, both of which are available at
hardware stores. Consider wrapping pipes with electric heating tape, but
follow manufacturer's instructions carefully, and purchase heat tape with a
built-in thermostat that only turns on heat when needed. Seal cracks and holes
in outside walls and foundations with caulking to keep cold wind from pipes.
In addition, wrap your water heater in an insulation blanket. Nearly 15
percent of an average home-energy bill goes to heating water.
New Jersey American Water, a subsidiary of American Water (NYSE: AWK), is the
largest investor-owned water utility in the state, providing high-quality and
reliable water and/or wastewater services to approximately 2.5 million people.
Founded in 1886, American Water is the largest publicly traded U.S. water and
wastewater utility company. With headquarters in Voorhees, N.J., the company
employs more than 7,000 dedicated professionals who provide drinking water,
wastewater and other related services to approximately 15 million people in
more than 30 states, as well as parts of Canada. More information can be found
by visiting www.amwater.com.
New Jersey American Water
Peter Eschbach, 856-782-2316
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