The City of Charlottetown’s Water and Sewer Utility is partnering with the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s WaterSense program to help consumers and businesses save water.
WaterSense aims to decrease indoor and outdoor water use through water efficient products and water saving practices. The program encourages customers to look for WaterSense labeled products, which are independently certified to use 20 per cent less water and perform as well as or better than standard models. WaterSense also promotes water saving techniques and practices that reduce stress on water supplies.
“The City of Charlottetown has a long history of successful water conservation programs and we are proud to continue our efforts through this WaterSense partnership,” said Deputy Mayor Jason Coady, chair of the City of Charlottetown’s Water and Sewer Utility committee. “Our Toilet Rebate and our Showerhead Exchange programs have been popular and both use WaterSense products. The Showerhead program, for example, offers Utility customers an opportunity to exchange up to two high-flow showerheads for WaterSense products that have a lower flow rate. We all stand to benefit when we work together on water efficiency and reducing consumption.”
The average family can save nearly 97 cubic meters of water per year by retrofitting its home with WaterSense labeled fixtures and Energy Star appliances. If every home in Charlottetown was upgraded to WaterSense labeled fixtures and Energy Star appliances, 1.5 million cubic metres of water could be saved annually.
“The goal of EPA’s WaterSense program is to help consumers save water and money by offering simple ways to reduce water use through water-efficient product choices and practices,” said Veronica Blette, branch chief of WaterSense. “Using water more efficiently can help delay the need to create more supplies, saving communities money and resources, as well as ensuring that water will be available for future generations.”
Product categories eligible for the WaterSense label include toilets, bathroom faucets, accessories, showerheads, and flushing urinals. WaterSense also offers a label for single-family homes and multifamily units that use less water and labels programs that certify landscape irrigation professionals that have demonstrated their knowledge of water-efficient practices. More information is available here.