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“Fix A Leak Week” is coming to California

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It’s time to tighten up, California. Your faucets, that is. The Environmental Protection Agency and California American Water are teaming up to remind state residents simple yet effective ways to conserve water (and save money) with “Fix A Leak Week,” to be observed March 12-18.

“A leaky faucet or sprinkler may not seem like a big deal to the individual resident,” California American Water Northern Division General Manager Andy Soule said in a Yahoo! Finance report. “But when you take your leaky faucet and add it with your neighbor’s leaky showerhead and his neighbor’s leaky toilet and so on, you’re talking about an enormous amount of water being wasted on a national level.”

According to the EPA, that adds up to more than a trillion gallons of water wasted annually across America, which breaks down to about 11,000 per residence.

California American Water offers up some ways to get “Fix A Leak Week” started early, or serve as a handy to-do list for next week. Ladies and gentlemen, grab your wrenches!

— Reduce faucet leaks by checking faucet washers and gaskets for wear and replace them, or, if necessary, replace the faucet with a WaterSense labeled model.

— Leaky toilets are most often the result of a worn toilet flapper. Replacing the rubber flapper is a quick fix that could save a home up to 200 gallons of water per day.

— 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.

— Tighten connections on your showerheads if drips appear when the shower is off.

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