HCWA Celebrating Fix A Leak Week with Pots of Gold
The Henry County Water Authority (HCWA) will be handing out “Pots of Gold” during national Fix A Leak Week to encourage customers to find and fix household leaks as a primary means for water conservation. These gift bags also serve as a way for the Authority to express appreciation for its customers.
The “Pots of Gold” gift bags will be distributed while supplies last to HCWA customers stopping by the Drive-Thru Window at the Authority Headquarters (1695 Highway 20 West in McDonough) during the day (from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.) on Wednesday, March 17, 2021. The HCWA added a second Drive-Thru Window at its main office recently to better accommodate customers during the pandemic.
Included in the “Pots of Gold” gift bags will be a Water Efficiency Kit for the home, Water Conservation and Leak Detection Tips, and additional Giveaways. In addition, HCWA customers will be able to register for a free Water Efficiency Toilet that one lucky winner will be able to take home after the event.
National Fix A Leak Week, which is being held during the week of March 15-21 this year, is an outreach program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Fix A Leak Week is a time for increasing awareness of the importance of finding and fixing leaks inside and outside of residential and commercial properties, to save customers money on their monthly water bills, while preventing water loss and waste of this valuable resource. However, HCWA customers are encouraged to check for leaks throughout the year.
Some of the sources of common household water leaks include:
* Toilet Leaks – usually from worn-out toilet flappers.
* Faucet Leaks – typically from old and worn washers and gaskets.
* Showerhead Leaks – often fixed just by tightening the connection between the showerhead and the pipe stem.
* Outdoor Leaks – from damaged irrigation systems, especially from pipe bursts due to freezing temperatures.
* In the Workplace – non-residential customers are not immune to leaks, so they should check bathrooms, kitchens, and break rooms, in addition to outdoors.
According to EPA Fix-A-Leak-Week statistics, an average household leak can account for up to 10,000 gallons of water loss each year! Finding and fixing household leaks can save homeowners about 10 percent on their water bills, according to EPA estimates, which also note that annual household leaks waste up to one trillion gallons of water nationwide!
“We encourage all of our customers to locate and address any water leaks they may have around the house or at work,” says Lindy Farmer, HCWA General Manager. “With more than 60,000 customer accounts at the Authority, imagine the savings if our customers helped in efforts of comprehensive water conservation, beginning with finding and fixing leaks. We are committed to preventing water loss among our assets as a utility, and we hope our customers will join us in efforts to preserve and protect this precious natural resource.”
For more information on finding and fixing water leaks, as well as wise water use, please visit the HCWA website at www.hcwa.com, or EPA’s website at www.epa.gov/watersense/fix-leak-week.
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Lindsey Sanders, Environmental Compliance Coordinator