EGLE Office of the Clean Water Public Advocate launches Fix-a-Leak Week

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March 15, 2021
EGLE Media Office, EGLE-Assist@Michigan.gov, 517-284-9278

Fixing leaking plumbing saves money and promotes environmental sustainability by reducing water waste and energy consumption

The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) kicked off Fix-a-Leak Week today which is aimed at educating consumers and water providers on the importance of fixing plumbing leaks to save money on water and energy bills.

Led by EGLE's Office of the Clean Water Public Advocate, Fix-a-Leak Week brings together consumers, community partners, utility providers and plumbing experts from across the state to educate Michiganders on the environmental and economic costs of water waste. The effort also focuses on the importance of water conservation programs to support these efforts in small and disadvantaged communities. Practical tips to reduce water waste will be shared with Michigan residents and water providers throughout the week.

"Water leaks in the home can significantly increase consumer water bills and contribute to water quality concerns," said Ninah Sasy, EGLE's Clean Water Public Advocate. "Investments in water conservation efforts in the home and our water distribution systems are key to reducing energy consumption and cost while ensuring environmental sustainability."

Highlights of Fix-a-Leak Week will include tips from North America's first female master plumber Adrienne Bennett. Bennett is CEO of the Detroit-based plumbing firm Benkari which is completing plumbing repairs in Highland Park for the Water Leak Pilot.

Also, during the week tune in for webinars focusing on energy and water conservation collaborations supported by utilities companies and firsthand accounts from local leaders on successful community leak repair and water conservation projects in disadvantaged communities.

One such project, the recently announced Water Leak Pilot, is increasing community awareness across the state through education, household water audits and tips on saving energy. Roughly 200 Benton Harbor and Highland Park residents will be the first in the state to benefit from the new initiative and will receive free in-home plumbing repairs and new water-saving fixtures donated by Kohler Co and distributed by ETNA Supply, a Michigan family-owned business. Kohler and EGLE are EPA WaterSense partners. Through this partnership, Michigan residents will be able to receive a discount on Kohler WaterSense products during the week.

The pilot is part of the Office of the Clean Water Public Advocate's Focus on Water Initiative that brings together multi-sector partners to support community efforts and connect resources to address water concerns.

Other online and social media events featuring advice from expert plumbers and do-it-yourself plumbing tips will also happen during the week. For a detailed schedule of events visit Michigan.gov/FixaLeakWeek.

Additional resources will continue to be available to Michigan communities through the Office of the Clean Water Public Advocate in support of Gov. Whitmer's MI Clean Water Plan to invest $500 million in federal dollars, state bonding authority and existing state revenues to create a comprehensive, statewide water infrastructure program.

More information about the Water Leak Pilot is available at Michigan.gov/WaterLeakPilot. For more information about the Office of the Clean Water Public Advocate visit Michigan.gov/CleanWater.

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