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Posted on: October 12, 2023

[ARCHIVED] Durham Water Management Honored with Sustained Excellence Award

Water Management employees meeting with community members discussing water efficiency

Award is the Eighth Consecutive Award from EPA WaterSense

DURHAM, N.C. - After winning five WaterSense Excellence awards and two WaterSense Partner of the Year Awards, the City of Durham (North Carolina) Department of Water Management has won its first Sustained Excellence Award. In 2022, the City reached nearly 2,900 Durham residents and businesses with water conservation and WaterSense messaging by participating in 28 outreach events and presentations, including festivals, concerts, and school outreach.

"Receiving this recognition from WaterSense is a true honor and a testament to the remarkable efforts of our water efficiency team,” said Department Director Don Greeley. “Their dedication and innovative approach to water efficiency outreach earned this recognition, and their efforts showcase Durham Water’s commitment to sustainable practices that will resonate for years to come."

To celebrate Fix a Leak Week, the City had a table at the Durham Food Truck Rodeo, gave away free WaterSense labeled showerheads, offered three virtual Fix-a-Leak workshops, held an online virtual scavenger hunt, and created ads and infographics in both English and Spanish. To encourage people to take advantage of the City’s WaterSense labeled toilet rebate, the City created a short spot, “Even Toilets Have to Do Better,” to post on social media. 

Durham Water Management also partnered with Waste Reduction Partners to offer water auditing services to its larger non-residential customers. The City coordinated with other departments to highlight WaterSense in six issues of the City Manager’s Report in 2022, including the We’re for Water pledge, Sprinkler Spruce-Up, Durham's toilet rebate program, and the benefits of replacing fixtures with WaterSense labeled models.

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, follow the department on Facebook at Durham Saves Water and on Twitter at @DurhamWater.

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