Delta Faucet Company has teamed up with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in connection with its WaterSense program to celebrate Fix a Leak Week, an annual reminder for Americans to check for household water leaks.
Fix a Leak Week 2012 Tour
Volunteers in nine cities across the country – Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Indianapolis, Philadelphia, San Francisco and Seattle – donated their time and resources to retrofit community facilities and low-income households with new plumbing fixtures. Among other items, the volunteers installed:
Through these combined efforts, we estimate that the work completed during Fix a Leak Week will save America more than 7 million gallons of water each year. Some highlights from the events include:
More than 256 fixtures were replaced in Atlanta, where the Cobb County Water System, Cobb County-Marrietta Water Authority and waterSmart, an Atlanta-based water conservation education program, all joined efforts to help inform local residents about the program, which will help save the city an estimated 560,000 gallons of water annually.
More than 1,000 residents in community housing facilities throughout Boston will benefit from our retrofit project, in which more than 200 WaterSense labeled shower heads, aerators and toilet flappers were installed to replace the existing outdated and inefficient fixtures.
The ABC Chicago news team visited our volunteers to interview them about the work they did in low income housing facilities throughout the city to help increase the community’s water efficiency by approximately 20 percent each year.
In Dallas, we updated more than 600 shower heads, faucet aerators and toilet flappers in community facilities throughout the city with WaterSense labeled replacements for an estimated savings of more than 2 million gallons of water each year. WaterSense mascot Wayne Drop paid our team a visit to thank everyone for their hard work. Check out the Flickr page the EPA Region 6 office created here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/76174296@N06/sets/72157629226878616/
The Colorado Coalition for the Homeless received 180 new Delta Faucet WaterSense labeled shower heads to help one of its Denver facilities reduce its water utility bill by approximately $3,200 every year.
Chris Worden, a representative from Congressman Andre Carson’s, office visited our retrofit site in Indianapolis to recognize our volunteers for their hard work updating more than 20 facilities throughout the city with WaterSense labeled fixtures.
In Philadelphia, volunteers from the Hispanic Association of Contractors replaced 140 shower heads at a local Ronald McDonald House, helping the charity reduce its water usage by approximately 460,000 gallons each year.
Students from Nathan Hale High School volunteered alongside our Seattle-based plumbing partners, Aurora Plumbing & Electric and Hollabaugh Brothers, to retrofit local a local Ronald McDonald House Charity with more than 100 WaterSense labeled handheld shower units, faucet aerators and toilet flappers.
Our San Francisco team joined forces with local non-profit Urban Solutions to update buildings along the city’s 6th Street Corridor, helping to save the city approximately $5,000 in utility costs each year.
Got a Leak?
Here’s how you can address leaks found at home:
- Check for leaks. Look for dripping faucets, shower heads and fixture connections. Also check for toilets with silent leaks by putting a few drops of food coloring into the tank and seeing if it appears in the bowl before you flush. Don’t forget to check irrigation systems and spigots too.
- Twist and tighten. To save more water without a noticeable difference in flow, twist on a WaterSense labeled faucet aerator.
- Replace the fixture if necessary. Look for WaterSense labeled models, which are independently certified to use at least 20 percent less water and perform as well as or better than standard models.
Special Thanks to All Our Partners
- Boston Regional Office of the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD)Cobb County Water System
- City of Boston
- CNT Energy
- Cobb County-Marietta Water Authority
- Energy Coordinating Agency
- GreenPlumbers USA
- Heartland Alliance
- Hispanic Association of Contractors and Enterprises
- Hoosier Veterans Assistance Foundation
- Lawndale Christian Development Corporation
- Massachusetts Water Resources Authority
- Nathan Hale High School
- Philadelphia Water Department
- United Way of Central Indiana
- Urban Solutions
- Volunteers of America
- Allen Plumbing Company, Indianapolis
- Andress Plumbing, Dallas
- Aurora Plumbing and Electric, Seattle
- Hollabaugh Brothers, Seattle
- Innerline Plumbing, Dallas
- John Baethke & Son Plumbing, Chicago
- Local 12 Plumbing, Boston
- Marine Plumbing Company, Atlanta
- U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
- BrassCraft Manufacturing
- Neoperl, Inc