Illinois American Water and EPA promoting Fix a Leak Week

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ILLINOIS – Illinois American Water, in partnership with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), is promoting the eighth annual Fix a Leak Week to prevent wasting water.

The national campaign runs from March 14 through 20 and is part of the EPA’s WaterSense program. It is designed to raise awareness about small leaks and other water waste that may be occurring within homes.

Water officials say more than a trillion gallons of water are lost annually nationwide through leaks occurring within homes. The average residence loses an estimated 10,000 gallons a year through these leaks. Initiatives like Fix a Leak Week are working with local utility companies to reduce that amount.

Illinois American Water President Bruce Hauk says ten percent of U.S. homes have leaks that waste 90 gallons or more a day. Hauk explains one leaky faucet dripping at the rate of one drip per second can waste more than 3,000 gallons per year, which is the amount of water needed to take close to 200 showers.

“Being proactive in checking for leaks, and fixing them in a timely manner, not only makes you a more environmentally conscious consumer of one of the world’s most valuable resources, but also saves money on your water bill,” Hauk adds.

American Water is also doing its part by finding and fixing leaks in the water distribution system and replacing aging infrastructure, an initiative the company invests $70 million to $100 million in each year.

The company has made an infographic to serve as a guide in assisting customers in fixing common, and some not-so-common, indoor and outdoor water leaks. A downloadable leak detection kit is available in the Learning Center of American Water’s website.

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