Division of Water
State Agencies Team with EPA to Promote Water Conservation
The Kentucky Division of Compliance Assistance (DCA) and the Kentucky Division of Water (DOW) are teaming with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) WaterSense program to help consumers save water for future generations and at the same time reduce costs on their current utility bills.
WaterSense aims to decrease indoor and outdoor water use through water-efficient products and simple water-saving practices. The program encourages customers to look for WaterSense labeled products, which have been independently certified for efficiency and performance, and promotes water-saving techniques that reduce stress on water systems and the environment.
The average home, retrofitted with water-efficient fixtures, can save 30,000 gallons per year. If one out of every 10 homes in the United States upgraded to water-efficient fixtures, it could save more than 300 billion gallons of water and nearly $2 billion annually.
The 10-10-10 Challenge, an initiative from the Division of Compliance Assistance, encourages individuals and businesses across the state to reduce their waste disposal and conserve both energy and water, each by 10 percent over the next three years.
“The 10-10-10 Challenge is a call to action for residents all across the state, ranging from individuals and organizations to businesses and industries,” said Aaron Keatley, DCA director. “We are hoping to educate citizens through the initiative by making Kentuckians aware of the fact that every little bit helps. If we all work together and do our own part, we can make a tremendous difference in making Kentucky a more sustainable state – both environmentally and economically.”
Sandy Gruzesky, director of the Division of Water (DOW), said she looks forward to the opportunities for public education and involvement the program offers.
“We look forward to working with the public to improve water efficiency awareness and promote the use of WaterSense-labeled products as well as water-saving practices inside and outside the home,” she Gruzesky.
WaterSense-labeled products must meet EPA’s criteria for efficiency and performance. Independently tested and certified products may bear the WaterSense label, which makes it easy for consumers to identify and select a variety of quality, water-efficient products and services for their homes and lawns.
For more information on the 10-10-10 Challenge and to enroll in the program, visit the Facebook page at www.facebook.com/101010challenge or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information on EPA’s WaterSense program, go to www.epa.gov/WaterSense/.