City of Fresno Joins National “Fix a Leak Week”
03/12/2010

With an average of over 10,000 gallons of water wasted per household annually and 1 trillion gallons wasted nationwide as a result of running toilets, dripping faucets, and other minor household leaks, the City of Fresno is joining the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) WaterSense effort by declaring March 15 – 21 as “Fix a Leak Week.”

The national “Fix a Leak Week” campaign is an opportunity to encourage Fresno residents and businesses to improve their water efficiency by checking and fixing leaks. The effort also supports Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s call for stepped up conservation efforts and a 20% reduction of water usage in urban areas.

“Educating the community on the critical importance of water conservation is a priority for the City of Fresno Water Division,” said Martin Querin, Assistant Director of Public Utilities. “This national “Fix a Leak Week” initiative comes at an opportune time given the declaration by the Governor and ongoing statewide concerns over water.”

To help its customers, the City of Fresno has many programs in place to promote water conservation and provide assistance with the detection and repair of leaks. Simple ways to save water include:

• Fixing leaky faucets and toilets immediately.
• Replacing old toilets with low flow toilets and/or adjust toilet floats.
• Watering landscapes only when necessary and avoid over-watering.
• Using automatic shut off nozzles on all garden hoses.
• Teaching children to turn off the water when brushing their teeth.

The public is also encouraged to call 621-CITY(2489) if they spot water waste. For more information on water conservation efforts or “Fix a Leak Week,” please visit www.fresnowater.org.

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