EPA Bringing Attention to Nation’s Wasted Water Problem with “Fix a Leak Week”

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Did you know that minor water leaks in a typical home can account for more than 10,000 gallons of water wasted every year, or enough water to wash nearly 10 months’ worth of laundry? To address this surprising problem, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has declared this week as “Fix a Leak Week” to remind Americans to check household plumbing fixtures and irrigation systems for leaks.

In cities across the country, Delta Faucet and EPA’s WaterSense program (CNT is a partner) are providing free water-efficiency retrofits to homes. Here in Chicago, more than 100 affordable homes—more than any other city in the country—are receiving water saving improvements.

All of the 106 homes receiving the water upgrades this week have also participated in CNT Energy’s Energy Savers program, which provides efficiency retrofits to apartment buildings. By the end of the week, residents of these apartments will have some of the greenest homes in the area by saving water, as well as energy both from reduced water usage and retrofits.

To learn about simple water fixes you can make at home, check out the EPA’s WaterSense website. To learn about and get involved in the large-scale water efficiency improvements that CNT’s Water program is developing, visit http://www.cnt.org/water/. For more information on improving energy efficiency where you live and saving money on energy costs, visit http://dev.cntenergy.org/.