Illinois American Water has partnered with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to promote the eighth annual Fix a Leak Week March 14-20.
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 1 trillion gallons of water are lost annually nationwide through leaks occurring within homes, with the average residence losing 10,000 gallons a year this way. However, through initiatives like Fix a Leak Week, utility companies like Illinois American Water are trying to significantly reduce that amount.
“Ten percent of U.S. homes have leaks that waste 90 gallons or more per day, and just 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,” Illinois American Water President Bruce Hauk said. “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.”
Illinois American Water does its part, too, by finding and fixing leaks in the water distribution system and replacing aging infrastructure. Each year, Illinois American Water invests $70 to $100 million across the state to upgrade water and wastewater infrastructure.
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 indoor and outdoor water leaks. A downloadable leak detection kit is available in the Learning Center of American Water’s website, amwater.com.