Las Vegas – October 14, 2015 – (RealEstateRama) — The Metro North Georgia Water Planning District (The Metro Water District) was named a winner of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) 2015 WaterSense Excellence Award for Outreach and Education during the WaterSmart Innovations Conference today in Las Vegas, Nev. The Metro Water District received this national recognition for making a difference through water efficiency innovation and WaterSense promotion in 2014.
Each year, the EPA recognizes WaterSense partners for their commitment to promoting water efficiency and strengthening the drought resiliency of communities across the country. More than 1,700 utilities, manufacturers, retailers, builders, and organizations partner with WaterSense, a program sponsored by EPA that promotes water-efficient products, homes and services. Only a select few are recognized for their significant program contributions.
“We are so appreciative of, and continually impressed by, our WaterSense partners’ dedication to making water efficiency a priority,” said Ellen Gilinsky, EPA Office of Water Senior Policy Advisor. “By touching lives with water-efficient products, programs, and practices on a daily basis, they’re helping improve community resilience to extreme weather conditions such as drought and providing a foundation for water conservation that will help save water for future generations.”
The Metro Water District is the water planning agency for the 15-county Atlanta region. Since 2001, the District has implemented activities and policies that have helped per capita water use in the region drop by more than 30 percent The District’s programs and activities include:
My Drop Counts water conservation program
Toilet rebate program
Annual Water Drop Dash 5K and Water Festival
Recruitment of new WaterSense partners
Development of conservation materials for use by our partners
Essay and video competitions for middle and high school students
By creating, rebating, communicating and educating consumers about WaterSense labeled products, homes and programs, WaterSense helped consumers save 346 billion gallons of water in 2014 alone—that’s more than the amount of water used by all households in Texas for a year. WaterSense also has helped reduce the amount of energy needed to heat, pump and treat water by 146 billion kilowatt hours, enough energy to supply a year’s worth of power to more than 13.3 million homes.
For more information about the District’s water conservation programs, visit www.northgeorgiawater.org or for information about WaterSense, visit www.epa.gov/watersense.
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The Metropolitan North Georgia Water Planning District is the planning organization dedicated to developing comprehensive regional and watershed-specific water resources plans to be implemented by local governments in the 15-county metro Atlanta region, which include Bartow, Cherokee, Clayton, Cobb, Coweta, DeKalb, Douglas, Fayette, Forsyth, Fulton, Gwinnett, Hall, Henry, Paulding and Rockdale counties. These plans protect water quality and public water supplies, protect recreational values of the waters and minimize potential adverse impacts of development on waters in and downstream of the region.
WaterSense, a partnership program sponsored by EPA, seeks to protect the future of our nation’s water supply by offering people a simple way to use less water with water-efficient products, new homes, and services. Since the program began in 2006, WaterSense has helped consumers save 1.1 trillion gallons of water and $21.7 billion in water and energy bills.
Contact: Cheryl Mayerik