Look For Leaks, Ditch The Drip And Win A Washer

By this time next year, the average household will have lost thousands of gallons of water through leaking pipes, faucets and toilets. New Jersey American Water is launching a social media contest to encourage customers to check their homes for leaks and get them fixed. The “Pint-Sized Plumbers” program is designed to get the whole family involved in addressing a problem that nationally results in the loss of an estimated one trillion gallons of water every year. And through the Pint Sized Plumbers contest, homeowners may win one of several prizes, including a high-efficiency washing machine, for their efforts.

“We spend millions of dollars in treating water, as well in replacing and maintaining our aging water infrastructure in order to get that water to our customers’ homes,” said William Varley, president of New Jersey American Water. “We want our customers to take a look at their home’s water infrastructure to cut back on the waste. On top of that, fixing easily corrected household water leaks can save homeowners on their water bills.”

Pint-Sized Plumbers is easy to participate in, and runs until the Environmental Protection Agency’s annual Fix-a-Leak Week (March 17-23), when the winners will be announced. Anyone wanting to enter simply has to:
  • Download a free leak detection kit from the company’s website at http://www.amwater.com/Customer-Service/Wise-Water-Use/ or through the contest on the company’s Facebook page at http://bit.ly/1avkEkm
  • Use the kit to inspect their home for leaks, and fix them.
  • Take pictures of their family members helping with the inspecting and fixing.
  • Post their favorite photo on the Pint-Sized Plumber tab on the company’s Facebook page, available directly through this link http://bit.ly/1avkEkm.

Winners will be selected during Fix-a-Leak Week by a panel of water professionals.

New Jersey American Water, a wholly owned subsidiary of American Water (NYSE: AWK) is the largest investor-owned water utility in the state, providing high-quality and reliable water and/or wastewater services to approximately 2.5 million people. Founded in 1886, American Water is the largest publicly traded U.S. water and wastewater utility company. With headquarters in Voorhees, N.J., the company employs approximately 6,700 dedicated professionals who provide drinking water, wastewater and other related services to an estimated 14 million people in more than 30 states, as well as parts of Canada. More information can be found by visiting www.amwater.com.

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