Florida’s Citrus County Utilities recently earned a 2016 WaterSense Partner of the Yea commendation from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for its water conserving efforts.
Emerging as a leader from among almost 1,700 other participants in the EPA’s WaterSense program, the Hernando-based Citrus County Utilities won the commendation for its judicious handling of water, striving for both efficiency and environmental balance.
The utility was cited for its “We’re for Water Classroom Challenge” in which 400 local students in third to fifth grade were taught how to locate fix water leaks at home; as well as for its three adult-level activities.
“Over the past decade, EPA’s WaterSense partners have made WaterSense more than a label but a way of life,” EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy said. “By helping Americans save water now, they are protecting this precious resource for future generations, even as our changing climate affects water supplies and quality.”
Other winners of EPA awards included cities, districts and utilities in Georgia’s Athens-Clarke and Cobb Counties and metropolitan North Georgia; Charlottesville, Virginia; Nevada’s Energy Inspectors Corporation; and Sonoma-Marin in California.
Altogether, WaterSense participants have enabled Americans to save over 1.5 trillion gallons of water — and $32.6 billion —since launching one decade ago in 2006. The WaterSense program promotes certified water-saving products for both residential and commercial use.
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