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Wednesday, Apr 16 2014 12:35 PM

Local water agencies launch website to help residents report leaks

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A committee made up of representatives of Tehachapi's local water agencies has launched a website to help residents report leaks and save water.

Residents and water agencies alike are looking for new ways to conserve water by eliminating waste. This effort is partly in response to the Governor’s request to reduce water use by 20 percent, as California bears the weight of a historic drought.

The Tehachapi Water Availability Preservation Committee, a group made up of water agencies in and around Tehachapi, has launched reportleaks.com, a new website to help in this effort.

“The challenge people face with leaks is noticing them,” explained Tehachapi Cummings County Water District General Manager John Martin. “The sooner you learn about a leak, the sooner you can fix it. That means less water wasted.”
 
The easy to use website allows users to report leaks at any time, day or night, and even attach photos. Users have the option of leaving their contact information, or reporting the leaks anonymously. Once submitted to the site, the leak report is sent electronically to the appropriate water agency.
 
The site has also been optimized for use on smart phones, allowing users to report leaks on the go.
 
“This new website will help our community save water and money,” said Golden Hills Community Services District General Manager Bill Fisher. “It’s not about catching people in the act. We want to let people know about the leaks so they can be fixed before running up a water bill undetected.”
 
The average US household wastes 10,000 gallons annually to leaks, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. That’s enough water to wash 270 loads of laundry.
 
Reportleaks.com is live now and can be used to help conserve water in Tehachapi City, Golden Hills, Bear Valley Springs, Stallion Springs, Alpine Forest and surrounding areas.

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