Iowa Utilities Board Partners with NARUC and EPA in Water Conservation
IUB joins NARUC and EPA in support of Fix-a-Leak Week, March 20-26
(Des Moines) – Residential and commercial water usage typically increases as spring approaches. The Iowa Utilities Board is partnering with the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to remind households about annual water efficiency efforts in support of Fix-a Leak Week, March 20-26, 2017.
Fix-a-Leak week is a nationwide program through the EPA, which helps consumers make smart choices that save water, energy, and money. According to the EPA, the average household’s leaks can account for more than 10,000 gallons of water wasted annually, or the amount of water needed to wash 270 loads of laundry.
The IUB asks all Iowans to check their home plumbing fixtures and irrigation systems for leaks. Fixing even minor leaks will reduce utility bills and help maximize valuable water resources. When replacing plumbing fixtures, look for WaterSense® labeled products for optimal water efficiency and performance.
Other water-saving solutions:
- An irrigation system should be checked each spring before use to make sure no damaged occurred from frost or freezing.
- A leaking faucet can be fixed by checking faucet washers and gaskets, and replacing them as necessary.
- Most leaky showerheads can be fixed by ensuring a tight connection by using pipe tape and a wrench.
- Check garden hose for leaks by tightening the connection at the spigot, replacing the nylon or rubber hose washer, or purchase a new hose, as needed.
- Use a broom instead of a hose to clean sidewalks, driveways, garages, or patios.
- Run dishwashers and clothes washers only with full loads, using the water-saver cycle.
- Turn off running water while brushing teeth or washing dishes.
Visit https://www3.epa.gov/watersense/our_water/howto.html for more information on how to find and fix water leaks at home, and locate water efficient products and services.
The Iowa Utilities Board regulates utilities to ensure that reasonably priced, reliable, environmentally responsible, and safe utility services are available to all Iowans.
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