Pennsylvania American Water Offers Water-Saving Tips for “Fix a Leak Week”
Ways to detect, repair household leaks captured on YouTube video
HERSHEY, Pa. -- March 18, 2013
To draw attention to the more than one trillion gallons of water wasted each
year in U.S. homes due to leaks, Pennsylvania American Water is partnering
with the Environmental Protection Agency to promote the fifth annual “Fix a
Leak Week,” which runs March 18-24.
“We hope to raise awareness that leaks, if left undetected, can waste
thousands of gallons of water in the home every year,” said Pennsylvania
American Water Vice President of Operations Steve Tambini. “By participating
in EPA’s Fix a Leak Week and WaterSense program, we want to emphasize to
customers that water conservation not only saves money, but it also helps to
preserve our precious water resources.”
Pennsylvania American Water produced a three-minute video showing how to check
for leaks throughout the household and how to make easy, inexpensive repairs.
The tips can save thousands of gallons of water over the course of a year. The
video is posted on the company’s YouTube channel (youtube.com/paamwater) and
Facebook page (facebook.com/pennsylvaniaamwater.com).
The national awareness campaign, part of the EPA’s WaterSense program, is
designed to raise awareness about small leaks and other water waste that might
be occurring in homes. Considering there are more than 110 million households
in this country, a seemingly minor leaky faucet or running toilet collectively
results in a tremendous amount of wasted water. More than a trillion gallons
of water are lost annually nationwide through leaks occurring within homes,
with the average residence losing 11,000 gallons a year this way.
Tambini said Pennsylvania American Water conducts ongoing customer education
focused on wise water use to help preserve water supplies. He also recommends
the following tips to help save water lost by leaks:
*Regularly check your toilet, faucets, and pipes for leaks. If you find a
leak, have it fixed as soon as possible.
*Reduce faucet leaks by checking faucet washers and gaskets for wear and
replace them, or, if necessary, replace the faucet with a
*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.
*Tighten connections on your showerheads if drips appear when the shower is
*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 cut your water usage.
Homeowners can also download a copy of the company’s Leak Detection Kit,
highlighting common areas for leaks, from the company’s website at
If homeowners have to replace plumbing fixtures, look for the WaterSense
label. WaterSense-labeled toilets and faucets are independently tested and
certified to save water and perform as well as or better than standard models.
Visit www.epa.gov/watersense for more information.
Pennsylvania American Water, a subsidiary of American Water (NYSE: AWK), is
the largest water utility in the state, providing high-quality and reliable
water and/or wastewater services to approximately 2.2 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 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.
Pennsylvania American Water
Western Pennsylvania: Gary Lobaugh
Eastern/Central Pennsylvania: Terry Maenza
T: 610.670.7789 ext. 1009
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