Participation in Fix a Leak Week a no-brainer

Environmentally Challenged: By Brian Troutman

According to the U.S. Geological Society, about 70 percent of Earth's surface is covered in water.

While our water supply seems it could be endless, environmental experts say that is far from the case.

With a lack in rainfall affecting several areas of the country, and drought conditions in many areas, conservation of water has become a buzz word now more than ever.

Enter the EPA and the 4th Annual Fix a Leak Week. The week-long initiative runs March 12-18.

According to the EPA, American households waste more than 1 trillion gallons of water each year due to leaky pipes, toilets, showerheads and other fixtures. I'm not sure how everyone else feels, but it is waste easily prevented. In many cases, fixing a leak or preventing a leak can be as easy as tightening fittings under your sink.

"Across the country, household leaks add up to more than 1 trillion gallons of water annually. The amount we're losing could supply Los Angeles, Chicago and Miami for a full year," said EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson. "We're not just losing water, we're also losing the money our communities put into keeping our water clean and healthy. That's why Fix a Leak Week is so important, and why we encourage everyone to take a few simple steps that can add up to have a significant positive impact."

The EPA reports the average American home leaks more than 10,000 gallons of water per year -- enough to wash 280 loads of laundry, take 600 showers or meet the average family's water needs for an entire month.

So what are you waiting for? Participating in Fix a Leak Week seems like a no-brainer.

Simple things you can do for Fix a Leak Week:

1) Check toilets, irrigation systems and outdoor spigots for leaks

2) Tighten connections inside and outside of the home

3) Replace damaged fixtures

* Environmentally Challenged is the blog of ABC News 4 New Media Manager Brian Troutman. It is op-ed in nature and provides Troutman's thoughts on the environment, environmental issues and conservation. If you would like to reach Troutman, you can do so by email at