Five organizations and one individual were recognized as the 2011 WaterSense Partners of the Year
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has recognized five organizations and one individual as the 2011 WaterSense Partners of the Year. More than 2,200 partners make WaterSense labeled products and new homes more affordable and easy to find, including the six partners of the year who have shown outstanding contributions to water efficiency.
WaterSense partners nationwide are manufacturing and selling a range of products, supporting green jobs and promoting the protection of water resources.
“WaterSense helps marshal the forces of the consumer marketplace and the innovative capacity of the private sector,” EPA Acting Assistant Administrator Nancy Stoner said. “Since 2006, WaterSense and our many partners have helped Americans save 125 billion gal of water and more than $2 billion in water and energy bills.”
While nearly 75% of the Earth’s surface is covered with water, only 1% is available for human use. Additionally, the U.S. population has doubled over the past 50 years and withdrawals from public water supplies have tripled. WaterSense partners continue to work towards more efficient water use.
WaterSense recognized partners in each of the following sectors:
· Promotional Partner: Cobb County Water System
· Manufacturer Partner: Delta Faucet Co.
· Retailer Partner: The Home Depot
· Builder Partner: KB Home
· Licensed Certification Provider for WaterSense Labeled New Homes: Energy Inspectors Corp.
· Irrigation Partner: Christopher Curry
These awards were presented at the WaterSmart Innovations Conference in Las Vegas during the annual WaterSense Awards Banquet. In addition to the partner-of-the-year awards, WaterSense also recognized Excellence Award winners, which honor additional partners whose WaterSense support stood out in one or more of the evaluation categories.