This week’s post was written by WCO graduate assistant Lily Cason.
From the thousands who made an entry (har har har) into our #pottyofgold contest, only one winner will emerge.
The Athens-Clarke County Water Conservation Office (ACC WCO) decorated a select few bathrooms in Certified Blue businesses around town. Lucky citizens of Athens who found a “potty of gold” could enter the contest by sharing a picture of the decorations through social media with the hashtag #pottyofgold. The prizes at stake were a $50 gift certificate to the winner’s chosen Certified Blue business or $150 towards a WaterSense labeled toilet.
Watch our video to find out who is the Number One Winner (but not that kind of number one!).
The WCO held this St. Patrick ’s Day themed contest in an effort to spread the word about the thousands of gallons of water wasted each year by easily fixable household leaks.
According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) “minor water leaks account for more than 1 trillion gallons of water wasted each year in U.S. homes.” The EPA’s WaterSense program promotes Fix a Leak Week the third week of March each year to raise awareness about this issue. Common types of leaks found in the home include worn toilet flappers, dripping faucets, and leaking showerheads. Take this as a reminder to spend a few minutes checking plumbing fixtures and outdoor irrigation systems for leaks. Taking ten minutes to check these things could save you 10% off of your water bill!
For more information about common household leaks and how to fix them check out the EPA WaterSense website: http://www.epa.gov/watersense/our_water/fix_a_leak.html