Tennessee American Water is promoting the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Fix a Leak Week to help decrease water waste. The annual Fix a Leak Week campaign, organized by the EPA’s WaterSense program, will be observed this week, March 18-24. The national campaign helps to raise awareness about small leaks and other water issues that may waste water within homes and businesses.
“For Tennessee American Water, this week is about empowering our customers to use water wisely,” said Kevin Kruchinski, director of operations.
“The average residence loses 10,000 gallons of water per year. If each customer does their part, a huge impact can be made to prevent water waste.”
According to the EPA, more than one trillion gallons of water is lost every year due to leaks in homes across the U.S.
“The sound of a constantly running toilet can mean that you have one of the most common household leaks, accounting for more than 95 percent of all water waste,” said Mr. Kruchinski. “The Tennessee American Water website offers a leak detection kit, tips on finding common leaks and when to fix a leak yourself or when to call a professional.”
Tennessee American Water offers these simple steps for detecting leaks:
Check your water meter at the start and end of a two-hour period during which no water is being used (i.e. when no one is home). If the meter changes, there most likely is a leak.
Place a drop of food coloring in your toilet tank and see if the water in the bowl changes colors within 10 minutes. If so, you have a leak.
At least once a season—and especially after extreme temperature changes—check faucet gaskets and pipe fittings for surface leaks, indicated by water on the exterior of the pipes.
Include children in learning with interactive games and more at https://www.epa.gov/watersense/watersense-kids#tab-4