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March 22 Is World Water Day

(Valley Forge, Pa.) – Water is vital to the overall health and sustainability of every community, and it is important that everyone take steps to protect this precious resource. World Water Day, observed annually on March 22, is coordinated by the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to raise awareness of the importance of fresh water in everyday activities and advocate for the sustainable management of these resources.

As a leading manufacturer of pipe products aimed at reducing leaks and improving the efficiency of water distribution, CertainTeed Pipe is dedicated to preserving water resources. Here are several tips on how to conserve water inside and outside the home.

Water wisely. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), nearly 7 billion gallons of water—or 30 percent of total household usage—is devoted to outdoor use. In the hot summer months, or in dry climates, that number can be as high as 70 percent. There are several ways to make the most of water used to water the lawn. Water at night or in the early morning to avoid evaporation, and water more often for shorter periods for maximum soil absorption. Also, be sure to water only when needed and not, for example, right after a downpour.

Fix leaks. According to the EPA, a home can waste, on average, more than 10,000 gallons of water every year due to running toilets, dripping faucets, and other household leaks. More than 1 trillion gallons of water leak from U.S. homes each year. Check plumbing and irrigation systems regularly and fix leaks when they occur.

Upgrade household appliances, and use them wisely. By installing more high-tech appliances such as dual-flush toilets and water-saving washers and dishwashers, homeowners can save money and help the environment. And be sure to fully load dishwashers and washing machines before running them.

Turn off the tap. Simple habits, such as taking showers instead of baths and turning off the faucet while shaving or brushing your teeth, can have a big impact on household water usage.CertainTeed Pipe has a rich history in developing piping products and systems that promote water conservation and energy efficiency. For more information about CertainTeed Pipe, call 866-CT4-PIPE.

About CertainTeed

Through the responsible development of innovative and sustainable building products, CertainTeed, headquartered in Valley Forge, Pa., has helped shape the building products industry for more than 100 years. Founded in 1904 as General Roofing Manufacturing Company, the firm's slogan "Quality Made Certain, Satisfaction Guaranteed," quickly inspired the name CertainTeed. Today, CertainTeed® is North America’s leading brand of exterior and interior building products, including roofing, siding, fence, decking, railing, trim, foundations, pipe, insulation, gypsum, ceilings and access covers.

A subsidiary of Saint-Gobain, the world’s largest building products company, CertainTeed and its affiliates have more than 5,700 employees and more than 60 manufacturing facilities throughout the United States and Canada. Recognized as a 2009 and 2010 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, CertainTeed earned the 2011 and 2012 ENERGY STAR Sustained Excellence Award, the highest level of recognition for outstanding contributions to protecting the environment through energy efficiency. The group had total sales of approximately $3.3 billion in 2012.