Las Vegas, Nevada—Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recognized the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) with a 2014 WaterSense Excellence Award. The SFPUC was honored at the WaterSmart Innovations Conference for its commitment to water efficiency and efforts to educate Americans about WaterSense during 2013.
By producing and promoting WaterSense labeled products, new homes, and programs, WaterSense partners helped Americans save 271 billion gallons of water in 2013 alone—enough water to supply all U.S. homes for 26 days! More than 1,500 utility, manufacturer, retail, builder, and organizational partners helped WaterSense realize these accomplishments. Every year, a select few are recognized for their significant program contributions.
“EPA is pleased to honor this impressive group of WaterSense program leaders”, said Ken Kopocis, Deputy Assistant Administrator in EPA’s Office of Water. “Their efforts to build strong, resilient water systems are helping communities nationwide meet challenges of extreme weather events, drought, and other effects of our changing climate.”
The SFPUC was honored with a 2014 WaterSense Excellence Award for its innovative outreach and education programs. During the annual Fix a Leak Week, the SFPUC reached thousands of San Francisco households and businesses by broadcasting multi-lingual, actionable messages to “check, twist and replace” leaking toilets, faucets and other plumbing fixtures. The SFPUC also provides free inspection programs and rebates for water-efficient fixtures that help save water and money and leads initiatives to reduce demand on drinking water, including greywater and recycled water programs.
“With the severe drought impacting California, it is an honor to be recognized by the U.S. EPA for our continued efforts to help consumers and businesses make simple, inexpensive leak repairs that save thousands of gallons of our precious water,” said Harlan L. Kelly, Jr., General Manager of the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission.
The SFPUC estimates that fiscal year 2013-14 efforts to incentivize the replacement of old plumbing fixtures could save 3275 acre feet of water over the time of their use, or about the amount 11,000 typical homes use in a year.
To learn more about the SFPUC’s innovative water conservation programs, visit sfwater.org/conservation. To learn more about the 2014 WaterSense Partner of the Year awards program, please visit www.epa.gov/watersense.