FRESNO - On average, over 10,000 gallons of water is wasted per household and 1 trillion gallons nationwide due to running toilets, dripping faucets and other minor household leaks.
To help curtail this waste, The City of Fresno, along with other members of the Central Valley Water Awareness Committee, join the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) WaterSense in declaring March 17 – 23 as “Fix a Leak Week.”
The national “Fix a Leak Week” campaign is an opportunity to encourage Fresno residents and businesses to improve their water efficiency by checking and fixing leaks. Gov. Jerry Brown has declared a drought emergency for California, and the City of Fresno joins the governor in urging a reduction of water use by 20%. The “Fix a Leak Week” is an ideal way for area residents and businesses to step-up conservation efforts and reduce water use.
“Educating the community on the critical importance of water conservation has long been a priority of Central Valley Water Awareness agencies,” said Nora Laikam, water conservation supervisor for the City of Fresno Water. “We are encouraged by the public’s increased awareness on the need to save water. This national initiative, ‘Fix a Leak Week’ comes at an opportune time, given the ongoing statewide concerns over the water shortage.”
In an effort to help find and repair leaks, water customers are encourage to request a free water leak audit. During the audit, a City of Fresno water conservation specialist will help to check for water leaks and other water inefficiencies both inside and outside of the home or business.
To lead by example, the City of Fresno is studying and improving its own water usage. Each City department continues to analyze its own water use with the goal of water reduction. To help water customers, the City has many free programs in place to conserve water and educate the public on the detection and repair of leaks. Below are some simple ways to save water:
- Fix leaky faucets and replace leaky showerheads immediately
- Apply for a rebate to replace old toilets with WaterSense low flow toilets and/or adjust toilet floats.
- Do not let water run into the gutters from over-watering.
- Follow the City’s watering schedule, but do not water landscapes unless needed.
- Always have an automatic shut-off nozzle on garden hoses.
- Teach children to turn off the water when brushing their teeth.
Contact the Conservation Program if you want to schedule a Free water leak audit or water-wise landscape consultation, call (559) 621-5480.
The City of Fresno has joined efforts with other water agencies to recognize, educate and promote the EPA WaterSense “Fix a Leak Week” through utilities across the nation.
For more information on water conservation or “Fix a Leak Week,” call (559) 621-5480 or visitwww.fresno.gov/water and http://www.epa.gov/watersense/our_water/fix_a_leak.html .