Governor Wolf Commends House Leaders’ Call for Respect and Civility Press Release, Statement Harrisburg, PA — Governor Tom Wolf released the following statement commending Pennsylvania House leaders following their good joint appearance on the floor together to call for respect and civility:“I commend Leaders Dermody and Cutler for their joint call for respect and civility. Yesterday’s shared message was an important reminder of the vital work ahead for state government. Further, it recalled the successes that we’ve had working together like protecting victims of domestic violence, battling the opioid epidemic and passing the first Clean Slate Law in the country.“In the coming weeks, I look forward to working together to strengthen our workforce, reform our criminal justice system, lift people out of poverty, and invest in our schools. I believe there is room for bipartisan agreement on many issues and I join the leaders in aspiring to find common ground. In a time when too many are focused on advancing partisan politics, let’s remind everyone that Pennsylvania is focused on delivering for the people who we serve.” May 09, 2019 SHARE Email Facebook Twitter
DES MOINES — As so many Iowans are dealing with excess water lately due to flooding, we’re reminded the resource is precious and not to waste it.Residents in towns where water treatment plants have shut down already know the value of fresh, clean water. Don Tormey, spokesman for the Iowa Utilities Board, says we should all check our homes for sources of drips to save water — and money.“Nearly one trillion gallons of water is wasted each year in the U.S. through minor residential drips and leaks,” Tormey says. “That’s equal to the total water used by more than 11 million homes.”A federal report finds 10 percent of homes have leaks that drain more than 90 gallons a day, typically through worn toilet flappers, faulty valves and dripping faucets.“According to the EPA, a faucet that drips once per second leaks 3,000 gallons a year and an average household leak can lead to 10,000 gallons of lost water annually,” Tormey says. “That’s a lot of water.”He suggests you check your water meter before and after a two-hour period when no water was used. A change in the meter reading indicates you could have a leak and there are a few ways you can check.“You can place a drop of food coloring in a toilet tank to check for leaks. Without flushing, wait 10 minutes to see if any color appears in the bowl. If it does, you have a leak,” Tormey says. “You can check your faucet handles, gaskets and fittings for signs of water outside the pipe that could indicate a leak. Also, if you have an irrigation systems, you should check that each spring.”Learn more about leaks and water conservation at the website: www.epa.gov/watersense.