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3-14-12: Green Education Foundation (GEF) Promotes “Fix a Leak Week” with Viral Video

Fix a Leak Week is March 12 – 18, 2012

Walpole, MA, March 14, 2012 - As part of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) ongoing We’re for Water campaign, this year’s Fix a Leak Week encourages Americans to help put a stop to the more than 1 trillion gallons of water wasted from household leaks each year.

Sponsored by EPA’s WaterSense® program, Fix a Leak Week is March 12 - 18, 2012. In support of We’re for Water, GEF is promoting finding and fixing residential leaks with a webpage packed with educational resources and a short video demonstrating how easy it is to fix a faucet leak.

“Leaks can account for more than 10,000 gallons of water wasted in an average home every year—that’s enough water to wash nearly 10 months’ worth of laundry,” said Victoria Water, CEO of GEF. “As a WaterSense partner and a steward for sustainability, we want to encourage consumers to find and fix leaks by sharing a short video that walks through the process in a home setting.” To watch the video and find other educational resources, visit GEF’s Fix a Leak Week webpage at http://www.greeneducationfoundation.org/nationalgreenweeksub/1191.

To help save water for future generations, GEF is asking consumers to check, twist, and replace:

• 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.
• 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.

For more information on Fix a Leak Week, visit www.epa.gov/watersense.

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About Green Education Foundation (GEF)

Green Education Foundation (GEF) is a non-profit organization committed to creating a sustainable future through education. Sustainability education provides educators with the real-world applied learning models that connect science, technology, and math education with the broader human concerns of environmental, economic, and social systems. GEF provides curriculum and resources to K-12 students and teachers worldwide with the goal of challenging them to think holistically and critically about global environmental concerns and solutions.

Become a member for free to gain full access to GEF’s comprehensive library of standards-based lessons and activities at www.greeneducationfoundation.org. Join the sustainability education conversation by following GEF on Twitter @greenedufdn and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/greenedufoundation.

About WaterSense

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 www.epa.gov/watersense.

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