Jan 17, 2013
City, State, And Federal Government Along With Consolidated Edison Encourage New Yorkers To Use Watersense-labeled Showerheads To Conserve Water And Reduce Costs
High Efficiency WaterSense Fixtures Reduce Household Water Use and Energy Costs
New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Commissioner CarterStrickland, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 2 Administrator Judith Enck,and New York State Energy Research Development Authority (NYSERDA) President and CEOFrancis J. Murray Jr. today encouraged New Yorkers to use WaterSense-labeled showerheadfixtures, which conserve water and reduce annual water and energy costs for households.Showering accounts for nearly 17 percent of all residential indoor water use, about 31 gallons perhousehold every day or about 38 billion gallons of water every year in New York City. By usingWaterSense labeled showerheads, the average New York City household can reduce its annualwater use by approximately 2,900 gallons of water per year—equivalent to the amount of waterused to wash more than 70 loads of laundry. Further, by reducing the amount of water used, aWaterSense showerhead also lowers the amount of energy required to heat the water and cansave households enough electricity to power a home for an additional 13 days every year.
“Using our Automated Meter Reading technology, New Yorkers can now track theirwater consumption on a daily basis and WaterSense shower fixtures offer one importanttool to help the average household save thousands of gallons of water every year,” said DEPCommissioner Strickland. “New Yorkers don’t even have to wait for remodeling to replaceshowerheads with a more efficient fixture. It is a simple way to do one’s part in our citywideeffort to conserve water, reduce household water and energy bills, and save energy for DEP.”
“Bathrooms are the biggest water users in homes, accounting for more than half of allindoor water use,” said EPA Regional Administrator Judith A. Enck. “By taking a few easysteps, such as using WaterSense-labeled showerheads, we can all do our part to save waterfor future generations. With the WaterSense label, people can be sure they are using a high-performing product that will help them reduce their water use and save money on utility bills.”
“Installing a low-water-use showerhead will allow New Yorkers to not only savewater but also reduce their energy use and costs. This is just one of the many easy, low-costactions that can be taken to make homes, apartments and businesses more energy efficient,”said NYSERDA President and CEO Francis J. Murray Jr. “Because of Governor Cuomo’scommitment to and investment in energy efficiency, New York State is a recognized nationalleader in energy efficiency programs that generate substantial savings for homeowners andbusiness owners.”
As part of New York City’s Water for the Future Program, a $2.1 billion initiative toensure clean, reliable, and safe drinking water for nine million New Yorkers for decades tocome, DEP will repair leaks in the Delaware Aqueduct that supplies roughly half of the city’sdaily drinking water needs. In order to make repairs to the Aqueduct, the tunnel must betemporarily shut down between 2020 and 2021. In addition to supplementing the city’s watersupply prior to the shutdown, DEP also aims to reduce citywide water consumption by 5%through conservation programs. Demand reduction initiatives complement the historic $10.5billion invested in water supply infrastructure since Mayor Bloomberg took office in 2002.
WaterSense, a partnership program sponsored by EPA, seeks to protect the futureof our nation’s water supply by educating people about simple ways to use less water withmore efficient products. Since the program’s inception in 2006, WaterSense has helpedconsumers save 287 billion gallons of water and $4.7 billion in water and energy bills. For moreinformation, visit www.epa.gov/watersense.
NYSERDA provides residential, commercial, industrial and multifamily energyefficiency programs to help New Yorkers reduce energy use and cut energy costs. They includean on-site assessment and recommendations for the most effective ways to reduce energy use, aswell as incentives, cost-sharing and low-interest financing for energy efficiency improvements.For more information, visit www.NYSERDA.ny.gov.
Con Ed offers an energy saving program for owners and managers of multi-unitbuildings. Through the multifamily energy survey, a Green Team energy professional will cometo your building and evaluate the lighting, heating and cooling equipment, and appliances, andoffer energy-saving recommendations. Those who choose to enroll in the program can receivefree CFLs, WaterSense fixtures, and smart strips. For more information, visit the Con Ed website.
DEP manages New York City’s water supply, providing more than one billion gallons ofhigh quality water each day to more than nine million residents, including eight million in NewYork City. The water is delivered from a watershed that extends more than 125 miles from thecity, comprising 19 reservoirs and three controlled lakes. Approximately 7,000 miles of watermains, tunnels and aqueducts bring water to homes and businesses throughout the five boroughs,and 7,500 miles of sewer lines and 96 pump stations take wastewater to 14 in-city treatmentplants. DEP has nearly 6,000 employees, including nearly 1,000 in the upstate watershed. Formore information, visit www.nyc.gov/dep, like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/nycwater,or follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/nycwater.