Five-Day Promotion Reminds Water Users to Save Money by Checking for Leaks
April 23, 2019 – Rowland Water District recently partnered with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) WaterSense® program for last month’s ‘Fix a Leak’ Week (FALW). Rowland Water has been a WaterSense® partner for the past several years and is proud to join in this nationwide community conservation effort every March. ‘Fix a Leak’ Week focuses on water-saving reminders for customers such as checking home fixtures like faucets and showerheads for leaks before they become water emergencies.
“During Fix a Leak Week, nearly 200 customers visited our office to pay their bills, at which time they received important leak detection information and conservation items,” explains Tom Coleman, Rowland Water District General Manager. “Customers also completed surveys gauging their water know-how which gave them a chance to win a 55-gallon garden rain barrel or a four-station irrigation controller. Winners will be notified soon.”
In addition, twenty-five customers participated in a Turf Removal Class, after which the District raffled off five smart irrigation controllers. To reinforce the District’s strong social media presence, Public Affairs Representative Brittnie Van De Car participated in the EPA 2nd Annual FALW Twitter Relay, with 29 cities and water districts participating nationwide. News, links, and conservation tips were ‘Tweeted’ during this hour-long event.
The District is also using this awareness campaign to provide some common-sense tips for customers to more effectively manage their water usage:
• Refrain from using water on windy days when evaporation is high which can waste up to 300 gallons in just one day
• Save up to 500 gallons a month by not using water on streets, sidewalks, or on the side of your house
•Don’t use water systems during hotter parts of the day to save up to 300 gallons a month
• Install water saving shower heads to save between 500 to 800 gallons a month
• Invest in a new ultra-low flush toilet to replace your old water-guzzling version to save more 700 gallons a month
• Run only full loads in dishwashers and in the washing machine to save between 300 and 800 gallons a month
“The EPA estimates that more than 1 trillion gallons of water is wasted nationwide each year because of leaks that begin in the home, which is why pinpointing these problems early is critical to saving customers water AND money,” adds Coleman. “Ultimately, we want to save them the inevitable headaches associated with the type of property damage that results from leaks that go undetected.”
To learn more about ‘Fix a Leak’ week and more about Rowland Water District, visit the District’s website at www.rowlandwater.com.