ORLANDO – When it comes to fixing and preventing leaks, OUC – The Reliable One is a big fan. So, as part of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) “Fix a Leak Week,” OUC will be showing basketball fans how to spot and fix leaks in their homes and businesses at the Orlando Magic Fan Fest on March 13 before the Magic host the Miami Heat. “Fix a Leak Week” is March 12-18.
Folks who stop by the OUC booth before the game will receive a complimentary copy of OUC’s Water Color Project calendar, which features water conservation-themed artwork from Orange County elementary school students. Each calendar will include tips on how customers can easily fix household leaks. OUC representatives also will be distributing shower timers to encourage customers to save water and money.
“The average household wastes more than 10,000 gallons each year from easy-to-fix water leaks. That's enough water to fill a swimming pool,” said Rob Teegarden, OUC Vice President of Water. “As an EPA WaterSense partner, we’re encouraging consumers to find and fix leaks to save water in our community.”
To help conserve water for future generations, OUC is asking customers to check, twist and replace:
- Check for leaks. Look for dripping faucets, showerheads and fixture connections. To check toilets for silent leaks, put a few drops of food coloring into the tank and see if it appears in the bowl before you flush. Don’t forget to check irrigation systems and spigots, too.
- Twist and tighten pipe connections. To save more water without a noticeable difference in flow, twist on a WaterSense-labeled faucet aerator.
- 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. WaterSense also partners with certified landscape professionals who can check irrigation systems for leaks. Visit epa.gov/watersense to find WaterSense labeled products or an irrigation partner in your area and more information on Fix a Leak Week.
OUC–The Reliable One
Established in 1923 by a special act of the Florida Legislature, OUC—The Reliable One is the second largest municipal utility in Florida. OUC provides electric and water services to nearly 225,000 customers in Orlando, St. Cloud and parts of unincorporated Orange and Osceola counties. Visit OUC.com to learn more about our commitment to reliability, affordability and sustainability.
WaterSense, a partnership program sponsored by EPA, seeks to protect the future of our nation's water supply by offering people a simple way to use less water with water-efficient products, new homes, and services. Since the program's inception in 2006, WaterSense has helped consumers save 125 billion gallons of water and $2 billion in water and energy bills. For more information, visit epa.gov/watersense.