This year marks 10 years that Central Arizona Project has partnered with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) WaterSense program to help consumers decrease indoor and outdoor water use through water-efficient products and simple water saving practices.
To date, WaterSense has saved 3.4 trillion gallons of water and more than $84.2 billion in water an energy bills, nationwide!
As a WaterSense partner, CAP supports the water conservation efforts of its customers and promotes WaterSense projects on its website. The site includes a link to WaterSense certified fixture and appliances. WaterSense labeled products must meet EPA's criteria for efficiency and performance. Independently tested and certified products may bear the WaterSense label, which makes it easy for consumers to identify and select a variety of quality, water-efficient products and services for their homes and landscapes.
Here are a few WaterSense ideas you can find on CAP’s website:
- Learn how to capture and use rainwater (which would have come in handy earlier this week!) -- visit harvestingrainwater.com and the rainwater harvesting entry on Wikipedia.
- Change your habits – turn off your faucet while brushing your teeth or saving and use a broom – rather than a garden hose – to sweep off your driveway
- Learn alongside your kids -- Youngsters will have fun learning about water waste playing the Test Your Water Sense game.
- Fix your fixtures -- Even a slow leak in a faucet or a toilet can send hundreds of gallons down the drain every day. Usually all that's needed to repair the leak are a few inexpensive parts, some simple tools, and a little time. Visit the EPA's Fix a Leak page for more information.
By dedicating ourselves to using water in the most efficient ways possible, we can help ensure we have water supplies for future generations and that we're fostering a conservation ethic that will make our communities more resilient and sustainable!