California American Water Partners with United States Environmental
Protection Agency’s WaterSense Program for “Fix a Leak Week”
SAN DIEGO -- March 15, 2013
California American Water has partnered with the EPA to promote its annual
“Fix a Leak Week” campaign, starting March 18-24. Little leaks can be a big
problem. The average American house hold can waste 11,000 gallons of water
each year due to running toilets, faucets and common household leaks. These
minor leaks account for more than 1 trillion gallons of water wasted each year
in U.S. homes, according to the EPA.
First created five years ago by the EPA, “Fix a Leak Week” brings awareness to
homeowners to check plumbing fixtures and irrigation systems for small leaks
and other water waste that may be occurring within their homes. Small, leaky
faucets and garden hoses may not seem like a big problem to an individual
homeowner. However, these minor leaks add up to vast amounts of water wasted
each year. Through the “Fix a Leak Week” campaign, California American Water
is encouraging its customers to repair dripping faucets, running toilets, and
California American Water recommends using the following tips to help detect
and repair leaks:
*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.
*Reduce faucet leaks by checking faucet washers and gaskets for wear and,
if necessary, replace the faucet with a WaterSense-labeled model.
*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 were not damaged over the winter and checked monthly when
Generally, these leaks are very small and are easy and inexpensive to repair
and can save thousands of gallons of water per household each year.
California American Water, a longtime partner of the WaterSense program,
offers customers a variety of programs, incentives and rebates to help
customers reduce their water use.
All California American Water districts provide free conservation kits with
tools like toilet leak detection kits, low-flow showerheads and garden hose
nozzles and information about water efficient landscaping. Customers are
encouraged to contact California American Water’s 24-hour customer service
center at 1-888-237-1333 to request conservation devices and materials.
In addition, customers can follow California American Water on Facebook at
caamwater and Twitter at @caamwater to receive timely conservation updates
throughout the year.
For more information on Fix a Leak Week, visit
California American Water, a subsidiary of American Water (NYSE: AWK),
provides high-quality and reliable water and/or wastewater services to
approximately 600,000 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 approximately 6,700 dedicated professionals who provide drinking
water, wastewater and other related services to an estimated 14 million people
in more than 30 states and parts of Canada. More information can be found by
California American Water
Kevin Tilden, 619-522-6363
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