HERSHEY, Pa.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Pennsylvania American Water today announced its partnership with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to promote Fix a Leak Week, which runs from March 19-25. The national campaign, part of the EPA’s WaterSense program, helps to raise awareness about small leaks and what homeowners can do to avoid inadvertently wasting water around the house.
“Most people might not realize that even the smallest leaks can waste thousands of gallons per year, which impacts their water bills,” said Jimmy Sheridan, vice president of operations for Pennsylvania American Water. “For the customers we serve in Pennsylvania, it translates to collectively up to 6 billion gallons of water being lost to leaks annually. Fortunately, most common leaks are easily correctable.”
With more than 110 million households in this country, a seemingly minor leak from a faucet, showerhead, toilet, or other appliance can collectively result in a tremendous amount of wasted water. With the average residence losing 10,000 gallons a year, this means that more than a trillion gallons of water are lost annually nationwide through leaks occurring within homes.
To assist customers with household leak repairs and prevention, the company has produced a helpful infographic, including tips on finding and fixing indoor and outdoor water leaks. The infographic is posted on its Facebook page at www.facebook.com/pennsylvaniaamwater. A downloadable leak detection kit is also available through the American Water website at www.amwater.com. In addition, a video about “The Silent Leak” highlights household leaks and how to fix them and is posted on YouTube at https://youtu.be/i-xHh9oSt1g.
Sheridan said Pennsylvania American Water is committed to fixing leaks by replacing or upgrading water infrastructure in order to provide clean, safe, reliable water to customers, investing between $250 million - $300 million annually in infrastructure improvements.
Pennsylvania American Water, a subsidiary of American Water (NYSE: AWK), is the largest investor-owned water utility in the state, providing high-quality and reliable water and/or wastewater services to approximately 2.4 million people. With a history dating back to 1886, American Water is the largest and most geographically diverse U.S. publicly traded water and wastewater utility company. The company employs more than 6,900 dedicated professionals who provide regulated and market-based drinking water, wastewater and other related services to an estimated 15 million people in 46 states and Ontario, Canada. American Water provides safe, clean, affordable and reliable water services to our customers to make sure we keep their lives flowing. For more information, visit amwater.com and follow American Water on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.