Mar 20, 2017 by Suzanne Brown
Clayton County Water Authority (CCWA) staff is encouraging customers to find and fix leaks to help stop the more than 1 trillion gallons of water wasted from household leaks in the U.S. every year. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) ongoing We’re for Water campaign promotes Fix a Leak Week every March to educate consumers on the importance of finding and fixing leaks to save water and reduce their monthly water bills.
Sponsored by EPA’s WaterSense® program, Fix a Leak Week takes place March 20 – 26, 2017. In support of We’re for Water, CCWA Meter Services staff will provide hands on demonstrations to show customers how to check for leaky faucets and toilets and how to make simple repairs that save money and thousands of gallons of water.
“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,” said P. Michael Thomas, general manager of the Clayton County Water Authority. “As a WaterSense partner, we are encouraging consumers to find and fix leaks to save water in our community.”
CCWA Customers may stop by the Headquarters Office at 1600 Battle Creek Road in Morrow or the Forest Park Office at 526 Forest Parkway, Suite A in Forest Park March 20 – 24 between 8 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. to get tips from staff, learn more about CCWA’s Toilet Rebate Program and enter to win one of two $50 credits. Customers may also visit CCWA’s YouTube channel to watch several educational videos.
To help save water for future generations, CCWA 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. 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.