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Companies team up to help environment

Published: Saturday, March 29, 2014 1:15 a.m. CDT

BELLEVILLE – Illinois American Water partnered with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to promote the sixth annual “Fix a Leak Week, “ March 17-23.

The national campaign, part of the EPA’s WaterSense Program was designed to raise awareness about small leaks and other water waste that may be occur within homes.

A seemingly minor leaky faucet or running toilet collectively results in a tremendous amount of wasted water; more than a trillion gallons of water are lost annually nationwide through leaks occurring within homes.

Through initiatives like Fix a Leak Week, local companies like Illinois American Water, hopes to significantly reduce that amount.

The average household’s leaks can add up to more than 10,000 gallons of wasted water every year.

Being proactive in checking for leaks and fixing them in a timely manner, not only makes a more environmentally conscious consumer, but can save money on monthly water bills.

Illinois American Water offers a guide for detecting common, and some not-so-common indoor and outdoor water leaks.

A leak detection kit is available in the Learning Center on the Illinois American Water’s website at www.illinoisamwater.com under Learning Center and Wise Water Use.

Visit www.epa.gov/watersense/fixaleak for more information on Fix a Leak Week.

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