Fix a Leak

Contact: William “Pete” Peterson

Press Release
Mesquite, NV
March 28, 2011

As part of the USEPA’s ongoing “We’re for Water” campaign, this year’s “Fix a Leak” week encourages Americans to help put a stop to the more than 1 trillion gallons of water wasted from household leaks each year.

Sponsored by EPA’s WaterSense program, “Fix a Leak” week is March 28 through April 3, 2011. In support of “We’re for Water”, the Virgin Valley Water District is promoting finding and fixing residential leaks in Mesquite and Bunkerville. “Leaks can account for more than 10,000 gallons of water in an average home every year–enough to wash 10 months worth of laundry” said Pete Peterson, VVWD Conservation Manager. “As a WaterSense partner, we are encouraging consumers to find and fix leaks to save water for our communities”. Customers should also keep in mind the savings they will see from addressing and fixing their leaks”.

To help save water for future generations, VVWD is asking their customers to check, twist and replace.

• CHECK FOR LEAKS. Look for dripping faucets, showerheads, and fixture connections. Also check toilets for leaks by putting a couple of drops of food coloring into the tank and watching it to see if the color appears in the bowl. Then flush it down.

• TWIST & TIGHTEN PIPE CONNECTIONS. To save more water without a noticeable difference in flow, twist in a WaterSense labeled faucet aerator.

• REPLACE THE FIXTURE IF NECESSARY. Look for WaterSense labeled models, which are independently tested and certified to use 20 percent less water and perform as well or better than standard models.

In many cases, fixture replacement parts pay for themselves quickly and can be installed by handy do-it-yourselfers, or contact your favorite plumbing professional. Visit to find WaterSense labeled products.