Tampa Water Department became a WaterSense partner in 2007.WaterSense is a partnership program sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Its mission is to protect the future of our nation's water supply by promoting and enhancing the market for water-efficient products and services. Saving water is easy - many products are already available for use, and it doesn't require changing the way most of us live or do business. In a recent study of 25 new single-family homes, fitted entirely with WaterSense endorsed plumbing fixtures and appliances, indoor use for a family of three was estimated at just over 100 gallons a day -- a 42% reduction over 1997 indoor home use.
Save Water, Save Cash
The average household spends $500 per year or more on its water and sewer bill. By making just a few simple changes to use water more efficiently, you can reduce your use and save cash. If all U.S. households installed water-efficient appliances, the country would save more than 3 trillion gallons of water and more than $18 billion dollars per year! Also, when we use water more efficiently, we reduce the need for costly water supply infrastructure investments and new wastewater treatment facilities. By reducing household water use you can not only help reduce the energy required to supply and treat public water supplies but also can help address climate change.
Find more ideas for saving water and saving cash on our SaveWater page.
Water Efficiency, Human Health, and the Environment
Depleting reservoirs and groundwater aquifers can put water supplies, human health, and the environment at serious risk. Lower water levels can lead to higher concentrations of natural contaminants, such as radon and arsenic, or human pollutants, such as agricultural and chemical wastes. Using water more efficiently helps maintain supplies at safe levels, protecting human health and the environment.