Spring cleaning: Perfect time to check your home for water leaks

Authored By Ashley Hopkins

Many local water providers join the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to promote Fix a Leak Week. The seventh annual iteration of this initiative runs March 16-22.

The national campaign, part of the EPA’s WaterSense program, is designed to raise awareness about small leaks and other water waste that may be occurring within 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 our homes.

Through initiatives like Fix a Leak Week, water providers hope to significantly reduce that amount. Just as water utilities continuously work to detect and repair leaks within their systems, customers are encouraged to take action in their homes. The average household’s leaks can add up to more than 10,000 gallons of water wasted every year-the same amount of water needed to wash 270 loads of laundry.

Fixing leaks in a timely manner is not only a more environmentally sound choice, but it also saves money on your monthly water bill.

Daphne Kirksey is external affairs manager of Tennessee American Water. She works to promote water conservation to customers and in her own home with her three teenagers-a challenge in itself.

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