Washington, D.C.— Durham’s Department of Water Management (DWM) has been recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) with the 2022 WaterSense Partner of the Year Award. DWM received the award for helping people save water. This is DWM’s seventh consecutive year of recognition and second consecutive year of being named a WaterSense Partner of the Year. In recognition of their commitment to promoting WaterSense and water efficiency in 2021, DWM was honored today in Las Vegas, along with 33 other awardees—utilities, manufacturers, builders, retailers, and other organizations that partner with WaterSense to promote water-efficient products, homes, and programs.
“Durham Water is very proud to be a WaterSense Partner. It has become an integral part of what we do, and we’re extremely honored that WaterSense is recognizing the creative efforts of our team to promote water efficiency here in Durham,” said Don Greeley, Director of Durham’s Department of Water Management.
WaterSense, a voluntary partnership program sponsored by EPA, is both a label for water-efficient products and homes and a resource for helping consumers learn ways to save water. Since the program started in 2006, WaterSense labeled products have helped consumers and businesses save 6.4 trillion gallons of water—enough water to supply all households in the United States with water for eight months! In addition to water savings, WaterSense has helped reduce the amount of energy needed to heat, pump, and treat water by 754 billion kilowatt hours and save $135 billion in water and energy bills.
“Throughout 2021, our award-winning partners helped people protect this precious resource by promoting WaterSense labeled products and water-efficient behaviors,” said Veronica Blette, Chief, WaterSense Branch. “Saving water is particularly critical in areas impacted by drought, but is also a path to helping consumers stretch dollars by reducing their water and energy bills.”
For more information about WaterSense, visit www.epa.gov/watersense.
About the Department of Water Management
The Department of Water Management is responsible for the operation and maintenance of Durham's water supply, water treatment and water reclamation (wastewater treatment) facilities, the collection and distribution systems (including meter reading), and customer billing services. The department has a wide variety of support divisions and programs to maintain the existing infrastructure that provide these integral services, and strives to be a responsible steward of the City’s physical assets. For information, visit http://durhamnc.gov/944/, like Durham Saves Water on Facebook, and follow @DurhamWater on Twitter.