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  • Fix a Leak Week: Tips for saving water and money

  • Water leaks cost you money – money that essentially goes down the drain. There are several things that consumers can do to conserve water and at the same time save money on their bill.
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  • Water leaks cost you money – money that essentially goes down the drain. There are several things that consumers can do to conserve water and at the same time save money on their bill.
    According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), leaks can account for, on average, 10,000 gallons of water wasted in the home every year, which is enough to fill a backyard swimming pool. About 10 percent of the homes across the country have leaks that waste 90 gallons or more of water per day. The EPA estimates that fixing easily corrected household water leaks can save homeowners more than 10 percent on their water bills.
    To help consumers find and repair easy-to-fix leaks and to promote conservation, the Missouri Public Service Commission is supporting the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Fix a Leak Week, March 18-24, 2013.
    "Water is a precious commodity," said PSC Chairman Robert Kenney. "By fixing leaky pipes and taking other simple steps, families can save on their water bills and conserve water for future generations to enjoy."
    Here are some tips to save water:
    1. Check for leaks. Silent toilet leaks can be found by putting a few drops of food coloring into the tank and seeing if color appears in the bowl before you flush. Don't forget to check irrigation systems and spigots, too.
    2. Twist and tighten pipe connections.
    3. Replace the fixture if necessary.
    4. Install a water saving showerhead; they use one-third the amount of water that a regular showerhead uses.
    5. Turn off the tap while shaving or brushing teeth.
    6. Keep drinking water in the refrigerator instead of letting the faucet run until the water is cool.
    For more tips, visit our website at www.psc.mo.gov

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