Find Leaks, Save Cash, PA American Suggests

MECHANICSBURG PA – “National Fix A Leak Week” begins Monday (March 14, 2022). While you may not have known it was an event to be recognized, Pennsylvania American Water – which serves customers in Spring City, Royersford, Phoenixville, Limerick, Lower Pottsgrove, and Upper Providence – thinks it’s worth promoting.

The awareness campaign was created by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to promote water conservation. Pennsylvania American is playing it up “to help people understand where and how to spot and fix common problematic leaks, improve home safety, and support water efficiency and conservation,” company President Mike Doran said.

The EPA estimates an average U.S. home 10,000 gallons of water per year due to seemingly minor leaks. With more than 110 million households in the U.S., that equals more than one trillion gallons of water lost every year. Homeowners could reduce their water bills by 10 percent simply by addressing leaks, it suggested. It offered these tips to detect home water leaks:

  • Watch the water meter and your water bill. If you notice a spike, it might be because of a leak.
  • Test your meter. If you suspect a leak, turn all water appliances off, then check your meter. If it’s still showing usage, a leak might exist.
  • Test your toilet. Leaks can occur in your toilet tank. Check by putting a drop of food coloring into the tank. After 10 minutes, if any color shows up in the bowl, you have a leak.
  • Listen. A simple way to find leaks is to listen for water dripping from faucets or shower heads, and running water from your toilet.

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