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Residents Encouraged to Become Leak Detectives in “Fix a Leak Week” Contest!

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Fix a Leak Week GnomeApproximately 5 to 10 percent of American homes have leaks that drip away 90 gallons of water a day or more.  Many of these leaks reside in old fixtures such as leaky toilets and faucets. In fact, according to the U.S Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) the amount of water leaked from U.S. homes could exceed more than 1 trillion gallons per year. That's equivalent to the annual drinking water use of Los Angeles, Chicago, and Miami combined!

Since minor water leaks account for so much water wasted each year in U.S. homes, the EPA  promotes Fix a Leak Week the third week of March every year in order to remind Americans to check their plumbing fixtures and irrigation systems. This year to promote Fix a Leak Week (March 18-24, 2013), the Regional Water Providers Consortium (RWPC) is launching a photo/video contest that invites contestants to submit photo/video entries that depict people finding & fixing leaks. Contestants are encouraged to submit clever photos and/or 30 second videos of themselves or someone else finding and fixing leaks around their homes with the chance to win a $500, $300, or $200 Lowe’s gift card.

Get Involved!

Here’s how: Snap a picture or create a video checking for leaks, twisting and tightening hose or pipe connections, or replacing broken fixtures.

Submit entries via email to oregonfixaleakweek@yahoo.com by midnight March 20, 2013 for a chance to win! Have fun and get creative! Imaginative, clever, or unique entries are encouraged.

In order to be eligible to win prizes, winners must receive water from one of the RWPC’s 22 members that serve Clackamas, Multnomah and Washington Counties in Oregon.

Visit the RWPC’s website at www.conserveh2o.org for full contest details.

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