News Releases from Region 06
EPA Chases Leaks in Arkansas during Seventh Annual Fix a Leak Week
Central Arkansas Water is offering free leak repairs and rain gauges to low-income or elderly customers throughout Little Rock and North Little Rock. They will also giveaway promotional items such as low-flow showerheads, faucet aerators and toilet leak detection tablets at its billing offices in Little Rock and North Little Rock. For more information visit: http://www.carkw.com/conservation/wise-water-usage/fixing-leaks/.
"We are proud to join Central Arkansas Water as one of the leaders in the region, helping to preserve one of our most limited resources," said EPA Regional Administrator Ron Curry. "Our WaterSense partners are helping build stronger, more resilient water systems to meet the challenges ahead."
EPA's 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 487 billion gallons of water and $8.9 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.
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