Illinois American Water has partnered with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) 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 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 a trillion gallons of water are lost annually nationwide through leaks occurring within our 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
customers with at-home leak repairs and prevention, Illinois American Water has
produced a helpful 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.
Illinois American Water
Illinois American Water, a subsidiary of American Water (NYSE: AWK), is the
largest investor-owned water utility in the state, providing high-quality and
reliable water and/or wastewater services to approximately 1.2 million people.
American Water also operates a customer service center in Alton and a quality
control and research laboratory in Belleville.
Founded in 1886,
American Water (NYSE: AWK) is the largest and most geographically diverse
publicly traded U.S. water and wastewater utility company. With headquarters in
Voorhees, N.J., the company employs approximately 6,400 dedicated professionals
who provide drinking water, wastewater and other related services to an
estimated 15 million people in more than 45 states and parts of Canada. More
information can be found at www.amwater.com.