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For Immediate Release
Contact:  Matt Schilling
614 | 466 7750

PUCO and OEPA promote “Fix a Leak Week” – March 17–23, 2014

COLUMBUS, OHIO (March 13, 2014) – Household leaks can waste more than 1 trillion gallons of water annually nationwide. That’s equal to the annual household water use of more than 11 million homes. 

Together with the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA), the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) is promoting “Fix a Leak Week,” March 17–23, 2014. Fix a Leak Week is sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s WaterSense® program as an annual reminder to check household plumbing fixtures and irrigation systems for leaks.

“The PUCO is participating in Fix a Leak Week to raise the awareness of using water more efficiently,” said PUCO Chairman Todd A. Snitchler. “By finding and fixing leaks around our homes and yards, consumers can save money on their water and energy bills.”

To help consumers here in Ohio and across the country save water, the PUCO, EPA and WaterSense are promoting ways to identify and repair dripping faucets, running toilets and leaky showerheads. In most cases, fixture replacement parts pay for themselves quickly and can be installed by do-it-yourselfers, your favorite handy person or plumber. Below are a few water-saving tips:

  • Reduce faucet leaks by checking faucet and showerhead washers and gaskets for wear and, if necessary, replace the faucet with a WaterSense labeled model.
  • Silent toilet leaks can be found by placing a few drops of food coloring in the tank and checking the bowl for color after a few minutes or before flushing. Replacing a worn rubber flapper is a quick, affordable fix.
  • Check the water meter before and after a two-hour period when no water is being used. If the meter changes at all, a leak is probably present.
  • Review your water bill. If a family of four uses more than 12,000 gallons per month during the winter, leaks are likely.
  • For a leaky garden hose, replace the nylon or rubber hose washer and ensure a tight connection to the spigot using pipe tape and a wrench.

“Identifying and fixing leaks is important because it helps to conserve our valuable water resources and saves Ohioans money,” said Ohio EPA Director Craig W. Butler.

Introduced in 2006, WaterSense is a partnership program sponsored by EPA that makes it easy for Americans to save water and protect the environment by identifying water-efficient products, services and homes. The WaterSense label can be found on toilets and bathroom faucets. Products that have earned the WaterSense label have been independently tested to meet water-efficiency specifications set by EPA. Visit www.epa.gov/watersense to find a WaterSense labeled product in your area. For more information on Fix a Leak Week, visit www.epa.gov/watersense/fixaleak.   

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The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) is the sole agency charged with regulating public utility service. The role of the PUCO is to assure all residential, business, and industrial consumers have access to adequate, safe and reliable utility services at fair prices while facilitating an environment that provides competitive choices. Consumers with utility-related questions or concerns can call the PUCO Call Center at (800) 686-PUCO (7826) and speak with a representative.

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