The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

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March 21, 2014

Students learn to conserve water

Representatives of the Public Service Commission visited Stratton Elementary School in Beckley Thursday to celebrate “Fix a Leak Week.”

Following a presentation about water conservation and efficiency, students in third through fifth grades were deputized to look for leaks in their homes.

“Water conservation is critical in our society. More than 1 trillion gallons are lost each year in U.S. homes. Leaks can account for more than 10,000 gallons of water in an average home every year — the amount of water it takes to fill a swimming pool or wash 270 loads of laundry,” said Public Service Commission Chairman Mike Albert. “The small cost of fixing these leaks is paid for quickly by the money individuals will save on their water bills.”

Fix a Leak Week is an opportunity the PSC uses to be vigilant in checking household plumbing fixtures and outdoor irrigation system leaks.

To help save water, the commission offers the following tips:

- Check for leaks. Look for dripping faucets, showerheads, sprinklers and other fixtures. Also check for toilets with silent leaks by putting a few drops of food coloring into the tank, waiting 10 minutes and seeing if color appears in the bowl before you flush. Don’t forget to check outside irrigation systems and spigots.

- Twist and tighten hose and pipe connections. To save water without a noticeable difference in flow in your bathroom, twist on a WaterSense-labeled faucet aerator.

- Replace fixtures if necessary. Look for WaterSense-labeled models, which are independently certified to use 20 percent less water and perform as well as or better than standard models.

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