EPA’s Fix a Leak Week, ICC Green Code Work to Conserve Water

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As the population of our planet continues to grow, the relative demand for water grows with it. Water for drinking, hygiene, agriculture and industry will become ever-increasing issues, even in areas where shortages have never existed before. Simple steps such as following the EPA’s “Fix a Leak Week” guidelines can save over a trillion gallons of water…not a total solution, but a step in the right direction. The International Code Council’s new Green Code features extensive water conservation applications for new and existing construction.

It is said that Earth's supply of freshwater may run out before its supply of oil. Although this life-sustaining element covers most of the planet, only three percent is freshwater and most of that is ice. This means that less than 0.007% of all water on Earth is available to drink. With populations growing exponentially, there will be an ever-greater demand for water for drinking, agriculture and other uses.

So, what can be done about it? More than one might think. Of course, taking shorter showers, not leaving the water running while brushing teeth or shaving, and not watering yards more than is needed or right after it’s rained are a few obvious options. But one of the most impactful, yet simple and non life-altering changes is to ensure any water leaks in the home or business are fixed. This not only relates to dripping faucets in the home, but also leaks from garden hoses and from toilets that have slow leaks. (If water is running in the house when no one is using it, a leaky toilet is the likely culprit.)

Many people know these leaks should be fixed, but just don’t get around to them. Fathom this: if all of the leaky faucets in the U.S. were fixed, it could save over a trillion gallons of water each year, or the water supply for Chicago, Los Angeles and Miami combined. The adage ‘every little bit helps’ certainly resonates with that statistic.

To encourage Americans to improve household water efficiency, the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) WaterSense program is conducting its second annual “Fix a Leak Week.” From March 15-21, our national authority on the environment will promote how something as simple as fixing a leak can save such huge amounts water. Environmental groups, schools and other organizations will be conducting activities or otherwise supporting this very important event, including the International Code Council® (ICC®), the nation’s leader in building safety, fire prevention, and energy efficiency codes.

EPA’s WaterSense program is dedicated exclusively to water efficiency efforts. Programs like Fix a Leak Week and partnerships with various water- or plumbing-related organizations help businesses and communities save millions upon millions of gallons of water each year.

The ICC’s Plumbing, Mechanical and Fuel Gas (PMG) Group and other plumbing professionals are helping the EPA to spread the word about these huge amounts of water that can be saved each year just by taking a few simple steps. Aside from supporting the EPA’s Fix a Leak Week, the Code Council is also leading the way to greater water conservation at the same time. In fact, March 15 isn’t only the first day of Fix a Leak Week, but it is also the day the Code Council® released the new International Green Construction Code® (IGCC®) Public Version 1.0.

Although the ICC has offered construction codes that provide sustainable building solutions for years, the IGCC is dedicated exclusively to green building practices. It is the most comprehensive and effective code for many sustainable design applications, including alternative water sources such as graywater, rainwater and reclaimed water. This is important, not just for regions struggling with limited water supplies, but to offset possible water shortages in the future, even in areas where this has never been an issue.

To learn more about the EPA’s Fix a Leak Week and ways local businesses, schools, organizations or communities can help, visit the EPA’s WaterSense web page at http://www.epa.gov/watersense. The WaterSense program and site offer a tremendous range of suggestions on ways to save water and even money from practicing greater water efficiency in the home and otherwise. Although this week is designated Fix a Leak Week, everyone should make water conservation part of their everyday activities all year long.

The International Code Council (ICC) publishes building safety, energy efficiency and fire prevention codes that are used in the construction of residential and commercial buildings. Most U.S. cities, counties and states choose the I-Codes based on their outstanding quality. The ICC’s Plumbing, Mechanical and Fuel Gas (PMG) Group is devoted exclusively to providing PMG products and support to jurisdictions and construction industry professionals across the country and around the globe, with one or more PMG code adopted in 49 states. The over 200 superior products and related services were developed specifically by and for plumbing and mechanical professionals. Contact the PMG Group for additional information at 1-888-ICC-SAFE, x4PMG or visit http://www.iccsafe.org.

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