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2017-03-09 - Municipalities Partner on Fix a Leak Week Initiative

The City of Charlottetown, Town of Stratford, and Town of Cornwall have partnered to promote Fix a Leak Week to encourage the public to find and repair leaks in their homes or businesses to help conserve water.

Fix a Leak Week, which was originally initiated by the US Environmental Protective Agency as part of their WaterSense initiative, will take place March 20 to 26. The week is designed to educate the public about the large quantity of water lost each year due to leaks in homes, businesses and infrastructure.

Leading up to Fix a Leak Week, the three municipalities are running a social media campaign asking residents to post a photo or video of themselves or their family fixing a leak in their home. By using hashtag #IFixedALeak, participants are automatically entered for a chance to win a Kohler low-flow toilet, valued at $300 (donated by EMCO). The deadline to enter is March 26. The winner will be announced on social media of the three municipalities on March 27: @ChtownPE, @StratfordPEI, @CornwallPE.

Random prize draws will take place during the week leading up to, and throughout, Fix a Leak Week through the Be Water Friendly Facebook page, which can be found at: fb.me/BeWaterFriendly. Follow the page to find out how to enter.

Leaks can account for, on average, 37,850 litres of water wasted in a home every year. Conserve water by checking your home for leaks and by repairing them as soon as possible.

The City of Charlottetown offers water-saving solutions such as: replacement toilet flappers, faucet aerators, low-flow showerheads and water conservation kits. For more information or tips on ways to save water, visit: www.BeWaterFriendly.com.

Each May, the Town of Stratford, in partnership with the Stratford Area Watershed Improvement Group, teaches water conservation and watershed education to grade 5 students from multiple schools in the region. The Town also continues to support the work of the watershed group, and continues to provide rebates to residents who upgraded their toilets to low-flow models.

The Town of Cornwall offers a toilet rebate of $75 for replacement of high flush volume toilet. Please visit cornwallpe.ca for more information on how to apply.

For more details on the EPA WaterSense initiative, visit: http://www3.epa.gov/watersense/our_water/fix_a_leak.html

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Media contacts:

Alicia Packwood
Communications Assistant
City of Charlottetown
902-629-4149
apackwood@charlottetown.ca

Erin Clarke
Community Engagement Coordinator
Town of Stratford
902-569-1995
eclarke@townofstratford.ca

Doug Longmoore
Utility & Public Works Coordinator
Town of Cornwall
902-566-2354
dlongmoore@cornwallpe.ca



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