Fri March 21, 2014
Earth Calendar for March 21st and March 22nd
Easy-to-fix household leaks account for more than one trillion gallons of water wasted each year across the United States, equal to the annual household water use of more than 11 million homes.
In the race against water waste, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is urging people to fix household water leaks during the sixth annual Fix a Leak Week, March 17 through 23.
Water leaking from dripping faucets, showerheads and toilets in one average American home can account for more than 10,000 gallons of water wasted every year, or the amount of water needed to wash 270 loads of laundry. These types of leaks are often easily correctable, in many cases requiring only a few tools and hardware that can pay for themselves in water savings. Fixing household water leaks can save homeowners about 10 percent on their water bills.
A household can waste thousands of gallons from leaky plumbing fixtures and sprinkler systems, which is especially bad news if your community is suffering from a drought. Three simple steps—checking for leaks, twisting and tightening pipe connections, and replacing fixtures where needed can help people conserve water and save money on their utility bills. In keeping with this year’s theme, "Chasing Leaks," partners of EPA’s WaterSense program are sponsoring running races, hands-on demonstrations, student contests, and other community events to raise awareness about the need to fix leaking plumbing and irrigation fixtures. Learn more about finding and fixing household pluming leaks,visit the website.
On Our Calendar: Metro Parks of Butler County will present "Walking Sticks", a free exploratory program designed for active adults, March 29th at 10:00 am. This hike will begin at the Four Mile Creek MetroPark in the Davidson Woods Area. Meeting location will be given after registration. For more information and to register call (513) 867-5835 Ext. 303.