TENNESSEE AMERICAN WATER HELPS EDUCATE HOMEOWNERS DURING THE EPA’S FIX A LEAK WEEK, MARCH 14-22
Chattanooga, Tenn. (March 14, 2022) – Tennessee American Water is leveraging the nationwide awareness campaign taking place during the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Fix a Leak Week to advance local water conservation goals as well as provide a savings to homeowners, property owners and businesses in the communities it serves. The annual Fix a Leak Week (March 14-22, 2022) is a national campaign led by the EPA each year that helps raise awareness about leaks and other water issues that contribute to water waste within homes.
“As part of American Water's commitment to help better serve customers, we utilize Fix a Leak Week to help people understand where and how to spot common problematic leaks to help improve home safety and support water efficiency and conservation,” said Doug Wagner, vice president of operations for Tennessee American Water.
According to the EPA, the average residence in the U.S. loses 10,000 gallons of water per year thanks to seemingly minor leaks. With more than 110 million households in the U.S., this equates to more than one trillion gallons of water lost every year due to leaks in the home. Moreover, it is estimated that the average homeowner can reduce his or her water bills by 10 percent simply by addressing leaks.
“Many people may not realize that even the smallest leaks can waste thousands of gallons per year,” said Wagner. "The average leaks in a home can account for 10,000 gallons of water wasted annually. For example, at a rate of one drip per second, a faucet can waste more than 3,000 gallons of water per year. Fortunately, most common leaks are easily detectable and correctable.”
Tennessee American Water is committed to fixing leaks by replacing or upgrading water infrastructure to provide safe, clean, reliable, and affordable drinking water to customers, investing over $197 million in infrastructure improvements over the past 10 years.
Tennessee American Water also offers these starter tips for detecting leaks:
- Watch the water meter and your water bill. If you notice a spike, it might be because of a leak.
- Watch your meter. If you suspect you may have a leak, turn off all water appliances, then go check your meter. If it’s still changing, you might have a leak
- Test your toilet. Leaks can occur in your toilet and cause a very high bill but often can be easily fixed. Watch this video on Tennessee American Water’s YouTube channel to learn more.
- Listen. One of the simplest ways to watch out for leaks is to listen for dripping from your faucets or showerheads and running water from your toilet.
To further assist customers with at-home leak repairs and prevention, Tennessee American Water has also produced a helpful infographic including tips on finding and fixing common, and some not-so-common, indoor and outdoor water leaks. A downloadable leak detection kit is also available in both English and Spanish, on the company website, tennesseeamwater.com.
Tennessee 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 services to approximately 370,000 people in Tennessee and north Georgia. For more information, visit www.tennesseeamwater.com and follow Tennessee American Water on Twitter and Facebook.
About American Water
With a history dating back to 1886, American Water (NYSE:AWK) is the largest and most geographically diverse U.S. publicly traded water and wastewater utility company. The company employs more than 6,400 dedicated professionals who provide regulated and regulated-like drinking water and wastewater services to more than 14 million people in 24 states. American Water provides safe, clean, affordable and reliable water services to our customers to help keep their lives flowing. For more information, visit amwater.com and follow American Water on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.