EPA to Educate on Water Conservation

WASHINGTON, July 15 (UPI) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has announced a program aimed at helping American consumers conserve water and save money, officials said.

The agency’s WaterSense initiative “offers consumers simple tips that can help the environment and keep money in their pockets,” an EPA release said Wednesday.

Consumers can save water with three simple steps of “check, twist and replace,” the release said.

“Check” toilets for silent leaks, the EPA suggests, “twist” on a WaterSense labeled bathroom faucet aerator, and replace a shower head with a similarly-labeled WaterSense model.

An industry partnership program sponsored by the EPA creating water-efficient products carrying the “WaterSense” label helped consumers save more than 36 billion gallons of water and $267 million on water and sewer bills in 2009, the agency said.

The EPA says it will publicize the WaterSense program with a traveling educational exhibit called “We’re for Water.”

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