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U.S. EPA recognizes organizations for contributions to WaterSense partnership program
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has recognized five organizations and one individual as the 2011 WaterSense Partners of the Year. More than 2,200 partners make WaterSense-labeled products and new homes more affordable and easy to find, including the six Partners of the Year who have shown outstanding contributions to water efficiency.
“WaterSense helps marshal the forces of the consumer marketplace and the innovative capacity of the private sector,” said Nancy Stoner, EPA’s acting assistant administrator for water. “Since 2006, WaterSense and our many partners have helped Americans save 125 billion gal of water and more than $2 billion in water and energy bills.”
While nearly 75% of the Earth’s surface is covered with water, only 1% is available for human use. Additionally, the U.S. population has doubled over the past 50 years and withdrawals from public water supplies have tripled.
WaterSense recognized partners in each of the following sectors:
• Promotional Partner: Cobb County Water System, for educating Georgia consumers on water efficiency through events and presentations, leading to an 80% familiarity of WaterSense among area consumers.
• Manufacturer Partner: Delta Faucet Co., a significant portion of whose product line has earned the WaterSense label.
• Retailer Partner: The Home Depot, for selling only WaterSense-labeled lavatory faucets in its 2,000 locations across the country. It calculates that customers saved roughly 27 billion gal of water and $174 million on water utility bills in 2010.
• Builder Partner: KB Home, the national home-building company that unveiled the first WaterSense-labeled homes in November 2010 at its Springwood community in Roseville, Calif.
• Licensed Certification Provider for WaterSense Labeled New Homes: Energy Inspectors Corp., which is working closely with partner KB Home, inspected and certified the first WaterSense-labeled new homes and recruited additional builder partners.
• Irrigation Partner: Christopher Curry, the sole individual Partner of the Year, practices water-efficient irrigation design and helps the San Diego Parks & Recreation Department save 3 million gal of water per year.
These awards were presented at the WaterSmart Innovations Conference in Las Vegas during the annual WaterSense Awards Banquet. In addition to the Partner of the Year awards, WaterSense also recognized Excellence Award winners, which honor additional partners whose WaterSense support stood out in one or more of the evaluation categories.
More information on EPA’s WaterSense Partners of the Year and Excellence Award winners are available online.