Charlottesville, VA, - As part of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's ongoing We're for Water campaign, this year's Fix a Leak Week (March 17th - 23rd) encourages Americans to help put a stop to the more than 1 trillion gallons of water wasted from household leaks in the US each year. In support of this, the City of Charlottesville is promoting finding and fixing residential leaks by hosting the second annual Fix a Leak Family 5K on March 22nd, 2014.
This family-friendly race will take place in Pen Park at 9:00am. Registration is $10 for City residents and includes a t-shirt, running bag, snacks and other giveaways. Top finishers will receive Lowe's gift cards and those who are able to snag a tag from the running toilet will receive prizes too. You can go to www.fixaleak5k.com to register. It's a great way to be active with your family while also learning how to save water and money on your bill.
"Leaks can account for more than 10,000 gallons of water in an average home every year- and fixing them will save you about 10% on your water bill," said Kaitlin Finan, Water Conservation Program Coordinator. "As a WaterSense partner, we are encouraging consumers to find and fix leaks to save water in our community." Customers can follow these easy steps to check, twist, and replace.
Check for leaks: Look for dripping faucets, showerheads and fixture connections. Check toilets for leaks by putting a few drops of food coloring in the tank at the back of the toilet and wait 10 minutes before flushing to see if color shows up in the bowl. If there is color, the toilet flapper likely needs to be replaced. This is usually an easy, inexpensive repair.
Twist and tighten pipe connections: If your showerhead is dripping, make sure there is a tight connection between the showerhead and the pipe stem. It may just need a twist to tighten or some pipe tape to secure it.
Replace the fixture if necessary: If you're in the market for an upgrade, 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/watersenseto find WaterSense labeled products or an auditor in your area.