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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 15, 2011

DHEC announces Fix a Leak Week

COLUMBIA – Fix a Leak Week from March 14 - 18 will serve as a reminder for South Carolinians to check household plumbing fixtures and irrigation systems for leaks, the state Department of Health and Environmental Control announced today.

"DHEC is promoting Fix a Leak Week in conjunction with the Environmental Protection Agency's WaterSense Program," said David Wilson, chief of DHEC's Bureau of Water. "Minor water leaks account for more than one trillion gallons of water wasted each year in U.S. homes."

During Fix a Leak Week, DHEC encourages residents to find and fix drips and leaks in faucets, toilets, showerheads, garden spigots and hoses, along with checking landscape irrigation systems for frost or freeze damage. If plumbing fixtures must be replaced, DHEC encourages consumers to look for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's WaterSense label. WaterSense-labeled toilets and faucets perform as well as or better than standard models and are certified to save water.

Wilson said everyone can participate in Fix a Leak Week by going to the EPA website and taking the "I'm for Water" pledge. For more information on Fix a Leak Week or to take the water pledge, go to http://www.scdhec.gov/watersense.

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NOTE TO REPORTERS AND EDITORS:

WaterSense resources for the media are available at: http://www.epa.gov/watersense/resources/media_tools.html and additional "Fix a Leak" information can be found here: http://www.epa.gov/watersense/water_efficiency/fix_a_leak.html

For more information:
Carol Roberts – (803) 898-3542
E-mail – robertck@dhec.sc.gov
or
Thom Berry – (803) 898-3885
E-mail – berrytw@dhec.sc.gov
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