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Anne Arundel County Promotes EPA's "Fix a Leak Week" March 18-22, 2013

Publish Date: 03/17/2013


DPW Staff Will Be at the Lowes Home Improvement Store in Severn

To Hand Out Leak Detection Kits and Other Money Saving Information


Annapolis (March 14, 2013) - Because minor water leaks account for more than 1 trillion gallons of water wasted each year in U.S. homes, Anne Arundel County is promoting the Environmental Protection Agency's "Fix a Leak Week," March 18-22, 2013.  During the week, the Department of Public Works (DPW) will be stationed at the Lowes Home Improvement store in Severn to hand out toilet leak detection kits and other money saving plumbing and fixture information. 


To help consumers here in Anne Arundel County save water, DPW and WaterSense continue to promote ways to identify and repair dripping faucets, running toilets and leaky showerheads.  In most cases, fixture replacement parts pay for themselves quickly and can be installed by do-it-yourselfers, your favorite handy person, plumber or WaterSense irrigation partner.  The following are a few water-saving tips:


  • Reduce faucet leaks by checking faucet washers and gaskets for wear and, if necessary, replace the faucet with a WaterSense labeled model.


  • Leaky toilets are most often the result of a worn toilet flapper.  Replacing the rubber flapper is a quick fix that could save a home with a constantly running toilet up to 200 gallons of water per day.


  • For a leaky garden hose, replace the nylon or rubber hose washer and ensure a tight connection to the spigot using pipe tape and a wrench.


  • Landscape irrigation systems should be checked each spring before use to make sure they are not damaged by frost or freezing.


If homeowners have to replace a plumbing fixture, Anne Arundel County reminds you to look for the WaterSense label.  WaterSense labeled toilets, faucets and (soon) showerheads have been independently tested and certified to save water and perform as well as or better than standard models.  WaterSense also partners with certified landscape irrigation auditors, designers, installers and maintenance professionals.  Visit to find a WaterSense labeled product, or an irrigation partner in your area.

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