Missouri American Water and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) want to inform customers on ways to identify and fix water leaks in their home or place of business during “Fix a Leak Week,” which began today.
According to the USEPA, the average home’s leaks result in nearly 10,000 gallons of water wasted per year, which is enough to wash more than 300 loads of laundry. Fixing leaks can reduce water bills by approximately 10 percent, according to the USEPA. In residences, the two most common leaks come from faucets and toilets. Interlock Hose Fitting
“Common household leaks are often easy to fix, and doing so conserves water and saves money,” said Jeff Kaiser, Vice President of Operations for Missouri American Water. “The financial impact of ignoring a minor leak can become significant over time and is often underestimated—every drop adds up.”
Missouri American Water offers these helpful tips for detecting leaks:
Missouri American Water is also proactively replacing and upgrading aging water mains in its distribution system to reduce leaks and breaks. Statewide, the company is investing approximately $425 million this year in water and wastewater system improvements.
To see projects near you visit missouriamwater.com and click on Pipe Replacement Map.
Gates Hydraulic Fittings Additional information and helpful tips to spot leaks and use water wisely can also be found on the USEPA’s WaterSense website: epa.gov/watersense