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Have Some Common “Cents”

2010 October 7

Click for info on Region 3's WaterSenseLetting warm water run from a faucet for five minutes is equivalent to running a 60-watt light bulb for 14 hours. What’s more, a five minute shower can use as much as ten gallons of water! This may sound surprising, yet it illustrates the overwhelming necessity and benefits of water efficiency. Many Americans know about the importance of saving water and saving energy, but few know the direct connection between saving both.

Launched in 2006, WaterSense, a voluntary partnership and labeling program sponsored by the EPA, set out to reduce municipal water use across the country by advocating water efficient products and practices. Products that have earned the WaterSense label are certified by an independent third party to be at least 20% more efficient than similar products in the marketplace. WaterSense labeled products are a simple way for consumers to identify products that save water without sacrificing performance or quality.  Consumer or manufacturer, municipality or private water system, WaterSense aims to:

• Decrease indoor and outdoor non-agricultural water use through more efficient products, services, and practices;
• Help consumers make water-efficient choices, including differentiating between products and services in the marketplace while ensuring product performance;
• Promote simple daily activities that reduce water use;
• Encourage innovation in manufacturing; and
• Develop rigorous certification criteria that ensure product testing, efficiency, and performance.Just think. By implementing a few small changes to your daily routine, you are not only saving water and money – you are preserving water supplies for generations to come.

Local water utilities have been very supportive in the development of the WaterSense program.  Utilities are encouraged to partner with WaterSense and use the program as part of their local water efficiency and conservation efforts. EPA Region 3 welcomes new partners to the WaterSense program including manufacturers, retailers and distributors, local and state governments, utilities, water districts, trade associations, nonprofits, certified irrigation professionals, professional certifying organizations, licensed certification providers, and builders.

Do you have any WaterSense labeled products? Use this product search to find more. Have you recognized strong support for the cause in your area and want to learn more? Contact Ramon Albizu, Region 3 WaterSense Liaison, albizu.ramon@epa.gov or Alysa Suero, suero.alysa@epa.gov . Visit here to get more information about WaterSense in the Mid-Atlantic region

Editor's Note: The opinions expressed in Greenversations are those of the author. They do not reflect EPA policy, endorsement, or action, and EPA does not verify the accuracy or science of the contents of the blog.

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