The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s WaterSense® program has presented nine Sustained Excellence Awards, of the entire year Awards 12 Partner, and 13 Excellence Awards to partners for leadership promoting water and WaterSense efficiency. Together, these organizations and 2,000 other partners managed to get easy for consumers and businesses to save lots of 968 billion gallons of water in 2020 alone.
2021 Sustained Excellence Award Winners
- Athens-Clarke County (Georgia) Public Utilities Department Water Conservation Office reached a broad audience using its “Festival in a Box,” when it mailed 180 packages of water-themed activities, a beach ball with the WaterSense logo, and fortune cookies with water-saving tips inside.
- THE TOWN of Charlottesville (Virginia) developed selection of creative outreach, including remote conservation learning activities for kids, week in March 2020 having a barbershop quartet a commercial promoting Fix a Leak, and a “What Water Methods to Me” art contest.
- Cobb County (Georgia) Water System launched some virtual “lunch-and-learns” on Sprinkler Spruce-Up along with other outdoor water-saving ideas to continue steadily to educate customers about water conservation through the pandemic.
- Metropolitan North Georgia Water Planning District was quick on its feet and pivoted its Fix a Leak Week 2020 Water Drop Dash 5K to a totally virtual event and invited senior high school and college students to create a T-shirt for the race.
- Citrus County (Florida) Utilities celebrated Shower Better in October 2020 with a display in its lobby, where customers could easily get free WaterSense labeled showerheads, and included information regarding the potential savings in its newsletter.
- THE TOWN of Plano (Texas) offered several creative water conservation events, from online garden and sprinkler fairs to a virtual WaterWise Landscape Tour that reach nearly 9,000 residents.
- Sonoma-Marin Saving Water Partnership (California) continued to create Qualified Water Efficient Landscaper trainings and certification accessible to a broad audience. In 2020, the Partnership expanded with classes on the web, virtual irrigation audits, and online test proctoring.
- Kohler Co. (Wisconsin) increased assortment of WaterSense labeled fixtures by launching new WaterSense labeled products in 2020, including 14 toilets, 36 faucets, 25 showerheads, and 20 new urinal/flushometer bowls and valves.
- KB Home (California) built over 250 homes that earned the WaterSense label, representing 2.5 percent of the true homes it built in 2020. KB Home also installed WaterSense labeled faucets and fixtures in every of the real homes the company built-in 2020!
2021 Partners of the entire year
- City of Durham (NEW YORK) Water Management got creative during COVID-19. In line with the Stranger Things television series, the town made “Leaky Things” parody videos featuring mascot Wayne Drop for Fix a Leak Week.
- Regional Water Authority (California) sponsored a public service announcement contest centered on water efficiency for middle and students, and the winning video was played in six concert halls viewed by over 140,000 people.
- Big Bear Lake (California) Department of Water and Power made rebates for WaterSense labeled products accessible even through the pandemic. They expanded rebates for WaterSense labeled sprinkler and controllers bodies, collecting proof installation through photos via email.
- Irvine Ranch (California) Water District completed a lot more than 175 leak check visits in 2020. Through the pandemic, they modified WaterSense’s Landscape Checklist to greatly help customers conduct their very own irrigation audits in the home and offered assistance via calls and video conferencing.
- Northern Colorado Water Conservancy District offered in-person smart irrigation classes before the pandemic and hosted virtual Growing Water Smart workshops with the Sonoran Institute that educated attendees about how exactly water efficiency could be factored into planning new development.
- City of Sacramento (California) Department of Utilities assisted customers in disadvantaged communities with plumbing repairs, conducting leak detection on the phone, and installing 184 free WaterSense labeled toilets in multifamily properties within its new RE-DO the LOO campaign.
- Upper San Gabriel Valley (California) Municipal Water District pivoted its annual Conserve‐a‐palooza event right into a five-week virtual campaign that celebrated its 60th anniversary with weekly water efficiency quizzes and water-savings prizes.
- The Broward Water Partnership (Florida) took the chance to conduct a report to observe how the COVID-19 pandemic affected water used in Broward County; the scholarly study revealed new opportunities to improve outreach about WaterSense labeled faucet aerators and showerheads.
- THE TOWN of Aspen (Colorado) expanded usage of certification for irrigation professionals since it pivoted in-person trainings to a virtual format once the pandemic began. The populous city offered classes through Zoom and allowed participants to take tests online, and offered a Spanish language program also.
- Orbit Irrigation Products, Inc. (Utah) manufactured WaterSense labeled spray sprinkler bodies and controllers. Ninety-five percent of Orbit’s B-hyve controller models are WaterSense labeled, and 54 WaterSense labeled spray sprinkler body models joined the Orbit category of labeled products in 2020.
- THE HOUSE Depot offered a big collection of WaterSense labeled products, with completely of their in-store range of toilets, bathroom faucets, and showerheads having earned the label across their 2 nearly,000 outlets over the United States.
- Fulton Homes (Arizona) designed nearly 800 homes to meet up WaterSense specifications; over 300 of these true homes earned the WaterSense label in 2020. Fulton also provided new employees training on materials and WaterSense about WaterSense to its plumbing contractors in 2020.
2021 Excellence Award Winners
- Alliance for Water Efficiency and Metropolitan Council (Minnesota) for Excellence in Strategic Collaboration
- NORTH PARK County Water Authority for Excellence in Collaboration and Promoting WaterSense Labeled Products
- Alameda County (California) Water District and Niagara® for Excellence to advertise WaterSense Labeled Products
- City of Allen (Texas) for Excellence in Education
- Department of Water, County of Kaua‘i (Hawaii) for Excellence in Education and Outreach
- Harris-Galveston (Texas) Subsidence District for Excellence in Education and Promoting WaterSense
- Hilton Head (SC) Public Service District for Excellence to advertise WaterSense on SOCIAL MEDIA MARKETING
- Santa Clarita Valley (California) Water Agency for Excellence to advertise the Multifamily EPA Water Score
- California Water Efficiency Partnership for Excellence in Certification Program Growth
- G3, Green Gardens Group (California) for Excellence in WaterSense Promotion and Outreach
- The Toro Company for Excellence in Engagement and Outreach
You can find out about this year’s award winners at the WaterSense website .