Nevada water districts push Fix a Leak Week

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Updated: 3/18/2014 5:37 am

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Officials in northern and southern Nevada are urging residents to help their dry state by checking for leaks around their house this week.

The push is part of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Fix a Leak Week campaign, which aims to stop more than 1 trillion gallons of water from dripping away.

The Truckee Meadows Water Authority and the Southern Nevada Water Authority are supporting the campaign with information DVDs, emails and tablets of dye that can help highlight hidden leaks.

They're urging residents to look for dripping faucets, sprinklers and toilets, and replace leaky fixtures if necessary.

EPA regional administrator Jared Blumenfeld says household leaks account for nearly 10 billion gallons of wasted water each year, which is enough to fill the Bellagio lake 330 times.

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