Illinois American Water has partnered with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to promote the seventh annual Fix a Leak Week, which runs from 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 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 homes, with the average residence losing 11,000 gallons a year this way. However, through initiatives like Fix a Leak Week, local companies like Illinois American Water are hoping to significantly reduce that amount.
“If you can picture a hole the size of the period in this sentence, it may not seem like much, but in your water system, it can waste more than 4,000 gallons a month — enough for a shower every day. 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,” said Bruce Hauk, Illinois American Water President.
To assist customers with at-home leak repairs and prevention, Illinois American Water has produced an infographic as a quick guide for finding and 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, www.amwater.com.