OCWA—Central New York’s Water Authority—is proud to celebrate it’s 10-year anniversary serving as a EPA WaterSense Partner helping customers save water, energy, and money with water-efficient products, homes, and programs. WaterSense® labeled products and homes have helped people save 4.4 trillion gallons of water and more than $87 billion in water and energy bills.

 WaterSense, a voluntary partnership program sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), is both a label for water-efficient products and a resource for helping you save water.  The WaterSense label makes it simple to find water-efficient products, new homes, and programs that meet EPA’s criteria for efficiency and performance. WaterSense-labeled products and services are certified to use at least 20 percent less water, save energy, and perform as well as or better than regular models.

WaterSense partners with manufacturers, retailers and distributors, homebuilders, irrigation professionals, and utilities to bring WaterSense to your community. These partnerships encourage innovation in manufacturing and support sustainable jobs for American workers.

One of the main programs sponsored by WaterSense is the Every Drop Counts initiative.  More than 1 trillion gallons of water are wasted in U.S. homes each year from easy-to-fix leaks. That’s why WaterSense annually sponsors its Fix a Leak Week, which runs March 15 through 21, 2021.

Fix a Leak Week is an opportunity to improve the water efficiency of your home by finding and fixing leaks. In the average home, household leaks waste more than 10,000 gallons of water each year and ten percent of homes have leaks that waste 90 gallons or more per day. Common types of leaks found in the home are worn toilet flappers, dripping faucets, and other leaking valves. These types of leaks are often easy to fix, requiring only a few tools and hardware that can pay for themselves in water savings. Fixing easily corrected household water leaks can save homeowners about 10 percent on their water bills.

To learn more, visit https://www.epa.gov/watersense/fix-leak-week.