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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
DATE: March 15, 2013
CONTACT: Stacey Herbold, 603 271-0659

Be for Water: Participate in Fix a Leak Week from March 18 through March 24, 2013

To ensure enough clean water for you, your family and for future generations, the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services is asking consumers to take part in the EPA WaterSense Program's Fix-a-Leak Week, from March 18 through March 24, 2013.

The average American household wastes more than 10,000 gallons each year from easy-to-fix water leaks - that's the amount of water needed to wash 270 loads of laundry. If that doesn't seem like a lot, consider that across the country, easy-to-fix household leaks can add up to more than 1 trillion gallons of water lost every year, not to mention all the wasted energy used to treat and pump this water.

Be for water and take part in Fix a Leak Week by checking, twisting, and replacing:

  • Check for leaks. Look for dripping faucets, showerheads, sprinklers, and other fixtures. Don't forget to check irrigation systems and spigots too.
  • Take part in the Silent Toilet Leak Challenge. Check toilets with silent leaks by placing a toilet dye tablet, available in the DES lobby during Fix a Leak Week or by putting a few drops of food coloring into the tank, waiting 10 minutes, and seeing if color appears in the bowl before you flush. Visit http://xml2.des.state.nh.us/NHisForWater and fill out the Silent Toilet Leak Challenge Survey to let us know the results of your test and be entered to win a WaterSense labeled water efficient showerhead and more.
  • Twist and tighten hose and pipe connections. To save water without a noticeable difference in flow in your bathroom, twist on a WaterSense labeled faucet aerator.
  • Replace the fixture if necessary. Look for WaterSense labeled models, which are independently certified to use 20 percent less water and perform as well as or better than standard models.

To find out more about finding and repairing leaks and more about what you can do to save water more efficiently go to http://xml2.des.state.nh.us/NHisForWater.

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