Fix A Leak Week

Simple Steps to Big Savings

Drip. Drip. Drip. The average American household wastes more than 10,000 gallons each year from easy-to-fix water leaks—that’s the amount of water needed to wash 270 loads of laundry. If that doesn’t seem like a lot, consider that across the country, easy-to-fix household leaks can add up to nearly 1 trillion gallons of water lost every year.


That’s why the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is encouraging homeowners to find and fix leaks during the annual Fix a Leak Week, March 18th through 24th, 2019. Sponsored by EPA’s WaterSense® program, Fix a Leak Week reminds homeowners of the easy steps they can take to help save water in their community now and for future generations.


Fixing household leaks not only saves water but reduces water utility bills—by about 10 percent. Be for water and start saving today with three simple steps: Check. Twist. Replace.


  1. Check

First, check your home for leaks. An easy way to start is to examine your winter water use. If it exceeds 12,000 gallons per month for a family of four, you probably have leaks. Walk around your home with eyes and ears open to find leaks, and don’t forget to check pipes and outdoor spigots. You can also detect silent toilet leaks, a common water-wasting culprit, by adding a few drops of food coloring to the toilet tank and waiting 10 minutes before flushing. If any color appears in the bowl during that time, your toilet has a leak. Visit for do-it-yourself repair tips or contact a plumbing professional.


  1. Twist

Apply pipe tape to be sure plumbing fixture connections are sealed tight and give leaking faucets and showerheads a firm twist with a wrench. If you can’t stop those drops yourself, contact your favorite plumbing professional. For additional savings, twist a WaterSense labeled aerator onto each bathroom faucet to save water without noticing a difference in flow. Faucet aerators cost a few dollars or less and can save a household more than 500 gallons each year—the amount of water it takes to shower 180 times!


  1. Replace

If you just can’t nip that drip, it may be time to replace the fixture. Look for WaterSense labeled models, which use at least 20 percent less water and are independently certified to perform as well or better than standard plumbing fixtures. Replacing an old, inefficient showerhead with a WaterSense labeled model will shrink your household’s water footprint by 2,700 gallons annually while still letting you shower with power, thanks to EPA’s efficiency and performance criteria. With less hot water passing through, WaterSense labeled showerheads can also save enough energy to power a television for a year.


Because we want to ensure water supplies last for future generations, Cherokee County Water and Sewerage Authority is showing that we’re for water by supporting Fix a Leak Week.



Further celebrate Fix a Leak Week by participating in the Metro Water District’s 6th Annual Water Drop Dash, a 5K race and family Water Festival Saturday, March 23, 2019. This event caps off Fix a Leak Week and takes place at the Chattahoochee Nature Center in Roswell. The course is fast and flat along the banks of the beautiful Chattahoochee River. The family Water Festival follows with a children’s fun run with mascots, prizes, activities, games, crafts and sponsors’ booths.  Race participants will receive a t-shirt and enjoy free admission to the Chattahoochee Nature Center all day on race day.  CCWSA representative Jennifer Arp will be at this event with water conservation give-aways.


For more information or to register for the race visit



Want to do more? Join thousands of your neighbors by supporting the We’re for Water campaign, organized by WaterSense. Visit and take the I’m for Water pledge or “like” WaterSense on Facebook to share why you’re for water and learn more water-saving tips:

For more information and tips about how to save water during Fix a Leak Week, visit

Science Fair 2019

Cherokee County Water and Sewerage Authority (CCWSA) recognized seven Cherokee County students at the NWGA Regional Science & Engineering Fair for their excellence in the environmental field on February 2nd, 2019 at Alliance Academy for Innovation High School. The projects recognized were “The Effect of Chlorella Algae and Magnetic Nanoparticles in the Remediation of Oil Spills“ from Emily Sloan (Woodstock High School),  “Practical Applications of Phytoremediation” from Christopher Nikolav (Woodstock High School), “The Effect of Enteric Microbiota of Mealworms on the Decomposition of Polystyrene” from Lillie Grace Osborne & Mackenzie Englert (Woodstock High School), “Genetically Engineering Cyanobacteria to Express D-sup Gene for Radiation” from Jacob Tweddle (Woodstock High School), “The Effect of Variable Microbes on the Decomposition of Complex Carbohydrates for Alternative Fuel Production” from Isabel Plower (Woodstock High School) and “Which will contribute to Plant Growth? Commercial Fertilizer or a Combination of Organic Kitchen Waste” from Isabella Postel (Creekland Middle School). The students received a certificate and a gift card. CCWSA applauds the efforts of all the Cherokee County students.

Lillie Grace Osborne & Mackenzie Englert with their project “The Effect of Enteric Microbiota of Mealworms on the Decomposition of Polystyrene”

Will England (CCWSA Environmental Affairs Lab Analyst) judges science fair projects at the NWGA Regional Science & Engineering Fair.

Will England (CCWSA Environmental Affairs Lab Anaylst) congratulates Jacob Tweddle.

Will England (CCWSA Environmental Affairs Lab Analyst) presents Isabella Postel her certificate and gift card.

Special Appreciation

Cherokee County Water and Sewerage Authority (CCWSA) shows appreciation to “Buzz” Ahrens, Jr. for serving on the CCWSA Board of Directors for the past 12 years.

Back – L to R – Doug Dabbs, Eric Wilmarth, Harry Johnston – Front – L to R – Robert Morrison, Mike Byrd, “Buzz” Ahrens, Gary Winchester, Lisa Woodruff.

Cherokee County Water and Sewerage Authority (CCWSA) is pleased to announce the winners of the 2018 CCWSA student photography contest. Elizabeth Thornton, 6th grade student from Mill Creek Middle School, is the winner in the K – 6th grade category with her photograph titled “Palm Paradise.” Maddie Howe, 10th grade student from Cherokee High School, is the winner in the 7th – 12th grade category with her photograph titled “Before They Fall”. The photographs beautifully depicted reflective properties of water. The students received a framed copy of their winning photograph and a check for fifty dollars. The photographs are displayed at the CCWSA main office, Rose Creek Water Reclamation Facility (WRF), Fitzgerald Creek WRF, Riverbend WRF, Etowah River Water Treatment Facility, and H. Q. Lathem Reservoir.

L to R – Matthew May (Principal), Elizabeth Thornton, Lori Forrester (CCWSA Public Information Specialist) and Samantha Hefner (Art Teacher).

Palm Paradise by Elizabeth Thornton

Maddie Howe and Lori Forrester

Before They Fall by Maddie Howe

“Our Water Story” Puppet Show

Do you know the water cycle? Come join us for the production of “Our Water Story” created for Metro North Georgia Planning District by the Atlanta Center of Puppetry Arts. The entertaining Walter the Otter or W.Otter (Water) for short goes on a quest to teach his friend Beaver how to ride his “water cycle”, which can only be accomplished once he has learned how it works. “Our Water Story” will be put on by Cherokee County Water and Sewerage Authority Environmental Affairs Department. Children of all ages are welcome, though the target audience is grades K-5. Woodstock Public Library – January 4th, 2019 – 10:30 am

“Our Water Story” at Woodstock Library