Fix a Leak Week

By: Shelby Egan

The U.S. EPA’s WaterSense program is celebrating Fix a Leak Week from March 18-24, 2013.  This week is dedicated to teaching people how to conserve water in their homes by checking pipes and irrigation systems for leaks. Leaks within our homes waste precious water and can even account for 1 trillion gallons of water wasted per year in the U.S.!  Leaks include running toilets, dripping faucets, and other leaking pipes in your home that can easily be fixed. Although I live in a small apartment and don’t have an outdoor lawn to worry about, I still find ways to make sure I am saving water at home by only running the dishwasher when it’s full and when giving my cat fresh water, I use the old water to give my indoor plants a drink.  It’s also easy for you to save water at home by turning off the faucet when you brush your teeth and when washing your hair.  By visiting Fix a Leak Week’s homepage, you and a parent or guardian can learn how simple it is to help save water in your home by fixing leaks in running toilets, turning faucets all the way off, using a bucket of soapy water for dishes instead of a running faucet and many other cool ways.  By making these everyday changes, you will help protect the Earth’s water and feel good about yourself in doing so.  

Shelby Egan is a student volunteer in the EPA’s Air and Radiation Division in Region 5, and is currently obtaining her Master’s degree in Urban Planning and Policy at the University of Illinois at Chicago.  She has a passion for protecting natural resources, cities she’s never been to and cooking any recipe by The Pioneer Woman. 

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