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It’s Time to “Check, Twist and Replace”

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It’s Time to “Check, Twist and Replace” During Fix a Leak Week, March 17-23

Put a stop to water wasted from household leaks!

(Hampton Roads, Va., March 6, 2014) – Leaks can account for more than 10,000 gallons of water in an average home every year—enough water to wash nearly 10 months’ worth of laundry! To address this waste, is promoting EPA’s sixth annual “Fix a Leak Week,” March 17-23, and encouraging Hampton Roads residents to put a stop to running toilets, dripping faucets and other household leaks.

“Don’t let your money go down the drain,” said Julia B. Hillegass, team leader. “A leaky faucet wastes both water and your hard-earned dollars. ‘Fix a Leak Week’ is a wake-up call for you to check your fixtures and make repairs.”

The experts advise taking the “Check, Twist and Replace” test:

1. Check for leaks. Look for dripping faucets, showerheads and fixture connections. Also check for toilets with silent leaks by putting a few drops of food coloring into the tank and seeing if it appears in the bowl before you flush. Don’t forget to check irrigation systems and spigots, too.

2. Twist and tighten pipe connections. To save more water, without a noticeable difference in flow, twist on a WaterSense labeled faucet aerator or showerhead.

3. Replace the fixture 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.

In many cases, fixture replacement parts pay for themselves quickly and can be installed by handy do-it-yourselfers or local plumbing professionals. For more information on finding and fixing leaks, visit

About HR Green

With a focus on simple steps residents can take to find their “inner green,” HR Green is a region-wide public awareness campaign of the Hampton Roads Planning District Commission and the 16 cities and counties it serves. The campaign is centered around, a central, go-to resource for everything green in Hampton Roads. Site features include pages with easy-to-use green practices to implement in your home, yard, business, community and classroom, an interactive calendar highlighting regional events and the “Let’s Talk Green” blog, written by a team of local experts who work in the region’s municipal utility and environmental divisions.