"Leaks can account for an average of 10,000 gallons of water wasted
in the home every year, or enough to fill a backyard swimming pool,"
said Karla Olson Teasley, president of Illinois American Water. "By
raising awareness in our partnership with the EPA WaterSense
program, water conservation not only saves our customers money, but
it also helps to preserve the environment and meet future water
To help consumers across the country save water, the WaterSense
program promotes ways to identify and repair dripping faucets,
running toilets and leaky showerheads. In most cases, fixture
replacement parts can be installed by do-it-yourselfers and pay for
themselves in no time.
Illinois American Water recommends the following tips to help
save water lost by leaks:
your toilet, faucets and pipes for leaks. American Water offers
leak detection kits, which are available by calling the American
Water Customer Service Center at 1-800-422-2782 or through the
Learning Center of the company's website,
www.illinoisamwater.com. If you find a leak, have it fixed
as soon as possible.
leaks by checking faucet washers and gaskets for wear and
replace them, or, if necessary, replace the faucet with a
connections on your showerheads if drips appear when the shower
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. Ask your water utility for a toilet
leak detection kit, which will help you identify leaking
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.
Check your garden and lawn irrigation
system for leaks, or hire a certified WaterSense expert to check
it for you.
For more information
on Fix a Leak Week, visit
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If homeowners have to replace a plumbing fixture, the EPA reminds
them to look for the WaterSense label. WaterSense-labeled toilets
and faucets have been independently tested and certified to save
water and perform as well as or better than standard models.
WaterSense also partners with certified landscape irrigation
auditors, designers, installers and maintenance professionals with
water-efficiency knowledge. Visit
to find a WaterSense irrigation partner in your area.
WaterSense, a partnership program sponsored by the 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 125 billion gallons of water
and $2 billion in water and energy bills. For more information,
[Text from file received from
Illinois American Water]