Broward Water Partnership Celebrates, Says It's Drinking Water Week
Drink Some. Save Some.
May 4-10, 2014 is "Drinking Water Week"
"Drinking Water Week" is the perfect time to focus on our region's water supplies and systems, and to guarantee that we have safe drinking water for generations to come. One of the best ways to guarantee this is through water conservation.
The Broward Water Partnership, which includes Coral Springs and 18 other local governments and water utilities, has a goal to save 30 million gallons of water a day. And, Broward residents are stepping up, saving more than 70 million gallons in less than three years—just by replacing old toilets with HET (High Efficiency) WaterSense® models.
Why is achieving this goal so important? Because water is truly blue gold. For example, did you know that according to data provided by the Value of Water Coalition:
- 40 percent of water is used in agriculture to grow foods to eat and beverages to drink;
- 32 gallons of water is needed to make one glass of wine
- 19 gallons of water yields one apple
- 1,230 gallons of water is necessary for the production of one beef steak
- 46 percent of water is consumed in manufacturing products;
- 700 gallons of water is needed to manufacture one t-shirt
- 2,100 gallons of water produces just one pair of leather shoes
- 40,000 gallons of water is needed to manufacture a single car
In addition to promoting water conservation, the Broward Water Partnership also offers toilet rebates of up to $100 each for qualifying residents, businesses and nonprofits. Toilet rebates are one way to permanently save water. The Partnership has issued nearly $430,000 in rebates since it began. And businesses that have received these rebates and replaced their older toilets have reported savings of $200 - $2,000 dollars a month!
To find out if you qualify for the rebate program, visit the conservationpays.com website and enter your address to check your eligibility.
For more than 35 years, The American Water Works Association
and its members have celebrated "Drinking Water Week"
– a unique opportunity for both water professionals.