The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently recognized a collection of utilities, individuals, corporations, NGOs, and government for their contributions in reducing, reusing and recycling water through leadership, innovation, and water saved.
The top Water Efficiency Leaders in each category:
Pinellas County Utilities – the most water-efficient utilities per capita at 89 gallons per person per day (gpd), versus the national average of 100 gpd.
PepsiCo for improving water efficiency across its brands and being on target to reduce water consumption per unit of production by 20 percent by 2015.
Acequia, which has sustained measured reductions of irrigation water across its 70 commercial property clients by 54 percent since 2002.
Commissioner Robert J. Hunter who helped Atlanta’s 50 largest water customers cut their water consumption by 45 percent and promoted water saving options and high efficiency toilet rebate programs to users and plumbers.
Homewise, Inc. – an NGO that as of May ’08 had helped 595 households reduce water use by an estimated 64 percent via a mix of consumer information, on-site homeowner installation assistance, marketing, and consumer lending.
The Orange County Water District, for its system of replenishing groundwater can generate enough water to meet the needs of 500,000 people.