Free materials and information available to help reduce the trillion-plus gallons of water lost in residential leaks every year
American Water has partnered with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
(EPA) to promote the eighth annual Fix a Leak Week, which runs from 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.
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 10,000 gallons a year this way. However, through initiatives like Fix a
Leak Week, local utility companies like Illinois American Water, are hoping 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,” said Bruce Hauk, Illinois American Water President. “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.”
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 between $70 and $100 million across the state to upgrade
water and wastewater infrastructure.
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.
is the largest and most geographically diverse publicly traded U.S. water and
wastewater utility company. Marking its 130th anniversary this year, the
company employs 6,700 dedicated professionals who provide regulated and
market-based drinking water, wastewater and other related services to an
estimated 15 million people in 47 states and Ontario, Canada. More information
can be found by visiting www.amwater.com.