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March 25, 2013

Water leaks waste energy, resources

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To help people save water, the Lake Champlain Committee advises customers to check their water meter before and after a two-hour period of no water usage. If the meter does not remain constant, the chance is there is a leakage.

For toilets with silent leaks, a few drops of food coloring can be put in the tank, and it will be seen in the bowl before flushing if there is a leak.

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The committee is joining with the Environmental Protection Agency’s WaterSense program to promote Fix A Leak Week this week.

“It goes on nationwide, and it is focused on water conservation and how to reduce waste,” Mike Winslow, committee staff scientist, told the Press-Republican.

The committee posts recommendations on its Facebook page, among them: “Point sprinklers away from pavement, check outdoor hoses and spigots for leaks, and select native plants in your landscaping and gardening that will tolerate the region’s natural rainfall levels.” 

It also suggests the use of a WaterSense-labeled faucet aerator, which usually costs less than $5 and can be found at hardware stores.

WaterSense models are tested and certified to use 20 percent less water and work as well as or better than standard models, the release said.

“As a WaterSense partner, we are encouraging consumers to find and fix leaks to save water,” Fisher said.

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