Charlottesville Encourages Participation in Fix A Leak Week

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Charlottesville is encouraging people to fix a leak this week.

It is part of a national Environmental Protection Agency campaign focused on conserving water and saving money. The EPA says more than one trillion gallons of water is wasted from household leaks every year. 

Charlottesville Public Works Department says one strategy to save water is the city's toilet rebate. It applies to homes built before 1994.

"If you have a home older than that, the toilets are older than that.  Then they can be very wasteful - 3, 5, sometimes more gallons per flush compared to today's 1.6, so that's a big difference.  For the city's rebate you have to purchase a WaterSense labeled toilet, which is a lot like EnergyStar but it's for water," said Jennifer Patterson, water conservation manager.    

A federal policy was passed in 1994 saying toilets had to be 1.6 gallons per flush or less.  More than 4,500 toilets have been rebated from 2003 to the end the 2012 fiscal year.

For more information on Fix a Leak week, click here.