VOORHEES, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--American Water (NYSE: AWK), the nation’s largest publicly traded water and wastewater utility company, is partnering with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to promote the sixth annual Fix a Leak Week, which runs from March 17-23. 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.
Considering 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. However, through initiatives like Fix a Leak Week, water utilities like American Water are hoping to significantly reduce that amount.
“The average household’s leaks can add up to more than 10,000 gallons of water wasted every year; the same amount of water needed to wash 270 loads of laundry. 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 monthly water bill,” said Dr. Mark LeChevallier, Director of Innovation & Environmental Stewardship for American Water.
Just as homeowners have a responsibility to check their pipes for leaks, water utilities nationwide must also find and repair system leaks. In water systems across the country, it is estimated that almost seven billion gallons of drinking water are lost each day through leaky pipes. American Water invests $800 million to $1 billion in its systems annually to ensure the continued delivery of high-quality water to its customers. The lion’s share of this annual investment is to renew and replace the underground lines, valves and meters that are not seen, but are the means by which customers are served.
To help illuminate the process by which water utilities provide service to their customers, and how important it is to keep this precious resource from leaking, American Water created an educational video titled “The Journey of Water,” which can be viewed on the company’s YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/amwatercorp.
To assist customers with at-home leak repairs and prevention, American Water also offers a helpful guide for detecting common, and some not-so-common, indoor and outdoor water leaks. A leak detection kit is available in the Learning Center on the American Water website, or by clicking here for a downloadable pdf version.
Many of the company’s state subsidiaries also offer additional materials, rebate offers, contests and other education tools. Additional information about these can be found on customers’ state American Water websites.
For more information on Fix a Leak Week, visit www.epa.gov/watersense/fixaleak.
About American Water
Founded in 1886, American Water is the largest publicly traded U.S. water and wastewater utility company. With headquarters in Voorhees, N.J., the company employs approximately 6,600 dedicated professionals who provide drinking water, wastewater and other related services to an estimated 14 million people in more than 40 states and parts of Canada. More information can be found at www.amwater.com.