Artistic Main Break Installation Highlights Fix-a-Leak Week at New Jersey
EPA WaterSense program promotes finding and fixing leaks at home
VOORHEES, N.J. -- March 18, 2013
New Jersey American Water is marking the U.S. Environmental Protection
Agency’s (EPA) 5^th annual Fix-a-Leak Week, which runs from March 18-24, with
the installation of a 3D-art floor graphic illustration of a water main break
at Sahara Sam’s Oasis in Berlin, NJ on Saturday, March 23 at 10 a.m. The
illustration, while depicting the complex world of infrastructure under our
feet, also shows that leaks can waste a large volume of our most precious
natural resource: water. Fix-a-Leak Week is a national awareness campaign
through the EPA’s WaterSense program which focuses on how small leaks and
other water waste may be occurring within homes.
Just as aging water infrastructure beneath municipal streets can begin to fail
and result in water loss, a seemingly minor leaky faucet or running toilet
collectively can cause a tremendous amount of wasted water. More than one
trillion gallons of water are lost annually nationwide through leaks occurring
within our homes, with an average residence losing 11,000 gallons a year this
way. However, at this weekend’s event and through initiatives like Fix-a-Leak
Week, New Jersey American Water is hoping to significantly reduce that amount.
The leak pictured in New Jersey American Water’s unique 10’ x 10’ floor
graphic at Sahara Sam’s becomes a 3D illusion of a real trench with a “crew”
from the water company repairing a water main break when photographed from a
specific angle. This scene is particularly relevant considering that every two
minutes a water main breaks somewhere in the U.S. and that 15 percent of New
Jersey American Water’s 9,000 miles of pipes are nearly a century old. In
homes, leaks can, on average, account for 10,000 gallons of lost water each
year according to the EPA.
“When a water main breaks, it becomes obvious that a lot of water is lost as
it rushes out of the pipes, but a subtle leak from your home’s plumbing
fixtures, over time, can waste just as much water as a typical main break,”
said Suzanne Chiavari, New Jersey American Water’s vice president of
engineering. “Water is a finite resource. It’s critically important that we
use water wisely and the EPA’s Fix-a-Leak Week program is a very effective
means through which to spread this message.”
To assist customers with at-home leak repairs and prevention, New Jersey
American Water has produced a helpful guide for detecting common, and some
not-so-common, indoor and outdoor water leaks. Leak detection kits (which
include a non-toxic leak detection tablet for your toilet tank) are available
by calling the American Water Customer Service Center at 1-800-652-6987 or by
clicking here for a downloadable pdf version.
For more information on how to find leaks in your home and for tips on how to
conserve water in your home, visit New Jersey American Water’s YouTube page
About New Jersey American Water
New Jersey American Water, a wholly owned subsidiary of American Water (NYSE:
AWK) is the 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 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, as well as parts of Canada. More
information can be found by visiting www.amwater.com.
New Jersey American Water
Richard Barnes, 856-782-2371
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