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EPA Needs Leak Detectives in Texas

Release Date: 03/15/2016
Contact Information: Joe Hubbard or Jennah Durant at 214-665-2200 or r6press@epa.gov

DALLAS – (March 15, 2016) Every year more than one trillion gallons of water are wasted by easy-to-fix household leaks. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is encouraging consumers to “Be a leak detective” during WaterSense’s eighth annual Fix a Leak Week, March 14 - 20, 2016.

“Water conservation continues to be the most cost-effective and environmentally sound way to reduce our demand for water,” said EPA regional administrator Ron Curry. “By making a few small changes to our daily routines, we can save a significant amount of water and help conserve valuable water supplies.”

Here are a few to get involved in Texas:

Tarrant Regional Water District and other North Texas Water providers are working with Home Depot to provide free workshops during Fix a Leak week. Over 60 North Texas stores will have a free two-hour workshop on Saturday, March 19 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. The presentations will cover repairing and replacing leaking faucets, toilets and sprinkler heads. To sign up please visit: www.savetarrantwater.com.

Trophy Club Municipal Water District No.1 is hosting “Science on Tap” Water Festival on Saturday, April 2, 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. The water conservation event will be held at Beck Elementary School, 401 Parkview Drive, Trophy Club, Texas. The first 400 participants will receive a ticket for a delicious FREE lunch!
For additional information please visit: http://www.tcmud.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/Science-on-Tap-Flyer-Final.pdf

EPA Fix a Leak Week tips include:

Check for leaks: Look for dripping faucets, showerheads, and fixture connections. Also check toilets for leaks by putting a few drops of food coloring in the tank at the back of the toilet and wait 10 minutes before flushing to see if color shows up in the bowl. If you saw color, you probably need a new toilet flapper, which is an easy repair to make. Check irrigation systems and spigots too.

    Twist and tighten pipe connections: If your showerhead is dripping, make sure there is a tight connection between the showerhead and the pipe stem. It may just need a twist to tighten or some pipe tape to secure it.
      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.

      WaterSense, a partnership program sponsored by EPA, seeks to protect the future of our nation's water supply by offering people a simple way to use less water with water-efficient products, new homes, and services. Since the program's inception in 2006, WaterSense has helped consumers save 1.1 trillion gallons of water and $21.7 billion in water and energy bills.

      Learn more about fixing leaks, find a certified irrigation professional, or search for WaterSense labeled plumbing and irrigation products: www.epa.gov/watersense/fixaleak.

      Connect with EPA Region 6:
      On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/eparegion6
      On Twitter: https://twitter.com/EPAregion6
      Activities in EPA Region 6: http://www2.epa.gov/aboutepa/epa-region-6-south-central

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