SOURCE: American Leak Detection, Inc.

September 01, 2010 17:49 ET

World Water Monitoring Day Shines Spotlight on Preserving Water Resources

American Leak Detection Encourages Everyone to Conserve Water in the Home

PALM SPRINGS, CA--(Marketwire - September 1, 2010) -  On September 18th, World Water Monitoring Day will focus attention on protecting and preserving water resources around the world. In recognition of this international awareness campaign, American Leak Detection, specializing in the accurate, non-invasive detection of all types of leaks, asks citizens nationwide to become more "water wise," and take steps in their homes to conserve and protect this critical resource.

"Water is the most common substance found on earth, but we can't make or produce new water," according to Stan Berenbaum, president of American Leak Detection. "That's why it's so important to conserve and manage the water we have." That means detecting and fixing leaks in plumbing, swimming pools, and irrigation in and around your home and focusing on some simple conservation measures that can add up to big water savings.

Berenbaum recommends starting with a few basic "checks and changes" to jump start your conservation efforts.

Faucets

  • Check for dripping faucets or shower valves. If a drip fills an 8-ounce glass in 15 minutes, the faucet will waste about 180 gallons of water per month, or 2,160 gallons a year. Simple fix: Try replacing the cartridge, washer or valve seat.
  • Change to a low-flow faucet to save an average of 3.5 gallons per minute.

Toilets

  • Check for leaks. Drop a teaspoon of food coloring in the toilet tank. If the color appears in the bowl in about 15 minutes, replace the flapper valve.
  • Change to a low-flow toilet to save nearly 3.5 gallons per flush. To save even more, place an empty plastic water bottle filled with pebbles in the toilet tank as a simple water displacement device.

And, Berenbaum adds, using simple but effective online tools like the ones shown below can help you determine if you need to call in a professional to locate and repair a less obvious leak that could be wasting thousands of gallons of water each year.

Pool/Spa

  • Check for constantly running auto-fill, increased use of chemicals and a high evaporation rate. All could indicate a pool leak. (Note: Normal evaporation is usually 1/8" to 1/4" with auto-fill off.) 
  • Tool: The Bucket Test and The Pool Leak Calculator -- to determine if you have a leak and the rate of water loss, respectively, prior to contacting a professional like American Leak Detection.

Hidden Leaks

  • Check for silent leaks. Often not thought of are hidden leaks the size of a pinhead in a service line underground or behind a wall, which can waste enough water annually to fill 12,000 bathtubs to the overflow mark. Monitor your water bill and usage monthly and annually.
  • Tool:  The Meter Test for homes -- to determine if you may have a leak prior to calling an expert such as American Leak Detection.

Simple changes in daily habits also add up to big water savings. Berenbaum says, "If we don't waste water by letting leaks go unattended and if we take steps to reduce our water usage in big and little ways, together we can make a real positive impact on water conservation efforts around the globe."

For more information about American Leak Detection, The Original Leak Specialists, please visit www.AmericanLeakDetection.com.

About American Leak Detection
Founded in 1974 and headquartered in Palm Springs, California, ALD is a leader in the accurate, non-destructive detection of hidden water, sewer and other types of leaks. For the past nine years, ALD has been ranked #1 in Entrepreneur® magazine's "Maintenance Products and Services" franchise sector. In February 2008, The Wall Street Journal named ALD to its list of the top 25 high-performing franchises. ALD is dedicated to water conservation, resource protection and the providing of eco-friendly services.