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For Immediate Release
Contact:  Matt Schilling
614 | 466 7750

PUCO and OEPA promote “Fix a Leak Week” – March 18-24, 2013

COLUMBUS, OHIO (March 14, 2013) – The average U.S. home wastes over 11,000 gallons of water each year, enough to fill an Olympic size swimming pool. That’s more than 1 trillion gallons nationally.

Together with the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA), the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) is promoting “Fix a Leak Week,” March 18 - 24, 2013. 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.

“One of the simplest ways consumers can save is to identify and mitigate leaks in their home,” said PUCO Chairman Todd A. Snitchler. “The PUCO is participating in Fix a Leak Week to help homeowners save money on their utility bills and to help save water in our community.”

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.
  • 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.

“You could run more than 280 loads of laundry with the water that comes from leaks in an average home,” said Ohio EPA Director Scott Nally. “Fixing leaks is important because it helps to conserve our water resources.”

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 to find a WaterSense labeled product in your area. For more information on Fix a Leak Week, visit

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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