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Fix Those Leaks

Friday, March 22, 2019 | 02:40pm

National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners,
Tennessee Public Utility Commission Observe
National Fix-A-Leak in March

WASHINGTON (March 21, 2019) — The National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) and the Tennessee Public Utility Commission (TPUC) are reminding citizens across the United States to participate in the Fix-A-Leak initiative.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's WaterSense initiative promotes water efficiency and conservation by reminding all Americans to check their household fixtures and irrigation systems for leaks. Common household leaks are responsible for more than 1 trillion gallons of water wasted each year.

State utility commissions, including the TPUC have joined NARUC in the annual observance by reaching out to their communities through social media campaigns, press releases and links to the WaterSense website, all in an effort to provide important resources and information to help individuals and communities become more water efficient. The TPUC has supported the program each year since 2008. Visit https://www.tn.gov/environment/program-areas/wr-water-resources/tnh20.html for water conservation information. 

The EPA’s WaterSense website has videos, leak detection guides and more information to help locate costly leaks – indoors and outside.

“Being more water efficient requires minimal effort — you don’t need special training or expertise. It’s something that anyone can do,” said NARUC President Nick Wagner. “Because water is an essential resource, we hope that the tips and resources provided through WaterSense are helpful for households to use water resources efficiently.”

“A leaky faucet or a dripping bathroom fixture can be costly over the long term,” says TPUC Chair Robin L. Morrison (Chattanooga). “A few simple spot checks around the home for leaks can result in big savings.”

TPUC Vice Chair Dr. Kenneth C. Hill (Blountville) agrees. “Water is a valuable resource that’s worth conserving. I applaud our public officials for urging consumers to be mindful of this important environmental topic.”

NARUC’s board of directors passed a resolution at the 2019 Winter Policy Summit in Washington, D.C., that endorses the WaterSense Fix-A-Leak Week program. To read the resolution, go to http://bit.ly/NARUCFALW19.

Contact: Greg Mitchell, Media
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