DCPSC Promotes EPA's Fix a Leak Week from March 20th to 26th
As part of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) ongoing We’re for Water campaign, this year’s Fix a Leak Week encourages Americans to help put a stop to the more than 1 trillion gallons of water wasted from household leaks each year.
Sponsored by EPA’s WaterSense® program, Fix a Leak Week is March 20th through 26th, 2017. In support of We’re for Water, the Public Service Commission of the District of Columbia (DCPSC) is promoting finding and fixing residential leaks through social media and community outreach events on how to fix leaks and conserve water.
“Although the DCPSC doesn’t regulate water, water is heated by natural gas or electricity and leaks of hot water therefore affect energy customers as well,” said DCPSC Chairman Betty Ann Kane. “Leaks can account for more than 10,000 gallons of water in an average home every year—the amount of water it takes to wash 270 loads of laundry. As a WaterSense partner, we are encouraging consumers to find and fix leaks to save water in our community.”
To help save water for future generations, the DCPSC is asking consumers to check, twist, and replace:
- Check for leaks. Look for dripping faucets, showerheads, sprinklers, and other fixtures. Also check for toilets with silent leaks by putting a few drops of food coloring into the tank, waiting 10 minutes, and seeing if color appears in the bowl before you flush. Don’t forget to check irrigation systems and spigots too.
- Twist and tighten hose and pipe connections. To save water without a noticeable difference in flow in your bathroom, twist on a WaterSense labeled faucet aerator.
- Replace the fixture if necessary. Look for WaterSense labeled models, which are independently certified to use 20 percent less water and perform as well as or better than standard models.
In many cases, fixture replacement parts pay for themselves quickly and can be installed by handy do-it-yourselfers or local plumbing professionals. Irrigation professionals certified through a WaterSense labeled program can also check your systems for leaks. Visit www.epa.gov/watersense to find WaterSense labeled products or an auditor in your area.
For more information on Fix a Leak Week, visit www.epa.gov/watersense.
Detect and Chase Down Leaks https://www3.epa.gov/watersense/docs/detect-and-chase-down-checklist.pdf
Save Water and Energy by Showering Better https://www3.epa.gov/watersense/docs/ws_shower_better_learning_resource_508.pdf