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August 10, 2010 > Responsible bathroom water conservation

Responsible bathroom water conservation

Submitted By Gretchen Monette

When The Responsible Bathroom Water Conservation Tour stopped at WHCI Supply and Aqua Bella Showroom, Union City, on August 5, more than 150 interested visitors including school officials from area school districts, plumbers, home and business owners and environmentalists attended the display aboard a 44-foot mobile showroom.

Local water conservation is the most direct way to reduce water bills and cut energy costs while also managing a precious resource.

"The goal of the Tour is to raise awareness about water conservation and to offer practical solutions through water-saving bathroom fixtures," says Randall Guile, Tour Ambassador for the Responsible Bathroom Water Conservation Tour. "For example, a leaky toilet can waste 200 gallons of water daily. If you need to replace, invest in a toilet that uses less than half the typical amount of water per flush, which can save more than 40,000 gallons of water annually.'

Water conservation is an especially timely local topic following the recent water emergencies experienced in and around the Bay area. Water shortages are forecast to hit 36 states in the U.S. by 2013, according to a federal report. California is under a water reduction mandate to curb 20 percent of its urban water use by 2020.

The Tour event, held at 2900 Volpey Way, Union City, was the one of 10 California stops for the Tour, and one of about 300 total stops in the water conservation campaign sponsored by American Standard.

Visitors to The Responsible Bathroom Water Conservation Tour learned about:

Financial calculations of how much water and money consumers can save with efficient bathroom products. Retrofitting faucets, showerheads and toilets with low-flow options is one of the fastest and easiest ways for consumers and businesses to save significant amounts of water.

Water-saving tips that benefit the environment. In February, American Standard Brands announced a $1M, two-year partnership with The Nature Conservancy, the world's largest conservation organization, in support of its mission in the area of global freshwater conservation.

Hands-on demonstrations of the newest water-saving showerheads, faucets, and toilets. A tour ambassador aboard the mobile showroom explained the latest products and demonstrated the products.

Since bathrooms account for 75 percent of indoor water use, it is crucial to install water-saving plumbing fixtures in homes, schools and businesses. The American Standard objective is to reduce overall water consumption by more than 18 billion gallons through the installation of water-efficient American Standard toilets, showers and faucets. The Responsible Bathroom Tour aims to add 2 billion to the gallons saved in 2010.

"At American Standard, our goal is to educate consumers that conservation can and does begin at home. By developing water-efficient, low-consumption toilets, faucets and showerheads that actually work, we are providing consumers with real choice in creating responsible bathrooms without sacrifice in style or performance," said Don Devine, American Standard president and chief executive officer.

For more information about the Tour, see www.TheResponsibleBathroomTour.com.

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