Partners in Action
WaterSense partners across the country are helping to spread the word about water efficiency. Find out what they are up to and check out our partner event map below to learn more about what is happening near you.
Athens-Clarke County, Georgia Leaps into Educating the Next Generation
Two-time WaterSense Promotional Partner of the Year Athens-Clarke County (Georgia) Public Utilities Department focuses on the future by teaching children about water conservation. By engaging residents of all ages with fun activities that promote water-efficiency and the WaterSense program, Athens-Clarke demonstrates its commitment to conserving water both now and for future generations.
Through the Little Lily Pad Hop Project, the utility distributed Froggie Care Packages containing Fix a Leak bookmarks and other WaterSense materials to students in 21 elementary school classrooms, reaching more than 1,000 families in 2015 alone. Children who visit the utility’s Certified Blue restaurants also receive water conservation activity sheets while waiting for meals.
For St. Patrick’s Day in 2015, the utility planned a photo competition in which families were encouraged to find “Potty O’ Gold” bathrooms in Certified Blue locations, take a photo with them, and share the picture via social media using hashtag #pottyofgold to win a gift card to a Certified Blue restaurant or $150 toward a new WaterSense labeled toilet.
Athens-Clarke also partners with certified professionals working on local baseball fields and hosts many outreach events featuring fun games for children and children-at-heart, such as the “minute to win it” puzzle, in which participants piece together the WaterSense promotional label as quickly as possible. The utility has also increased awareness of WaterSense by displaying the WaterSense promotional label on popcorn bags at local theaters and asking attendees at the sixth annual Athens Water Festival to spot the WaterSense label around the festival grounds.
The Toro Company Spreads the Word on Outdoor Water Savings
Since becoming one of the first major manufacturers to earn the WaterSense label for weather-based irrigation controllers, The Toro Company has continued to sprinkle water savings across the country by partnering with water agencies, organizations, and regional Irrigation Association chapters to educate consumers on the benefits of weather-based irrigation controllers. Unlike clock-timed controllers, weather-based controllers act like a thermostat for your sprinkler system, cutting down water waste by using local weather data to apply water only when and how much landscapes need it.
The Toro Company works with partners to educate consumers about installing and programming weather-based irrigation controllers, as well as available municipal rebates for WaterSense labeled controllers. Toro also focuses on training contractors throughout North America on water-saving behaviors, benefits of WaterSense labeled products, and best practices for installing and maintaining weather-based irrigation controllers to boost water savings.
In California, the Toro Company hosted multiple workshops in 2014 to show homeowners how to use the company’s weather-based irrigation controllers and weather sensors. In 2014, training events featuring WaterSense labeled products and efficient watering best practices reached nearly 3,000 homeowners and industry professionals. In addition, the company introduced “The Water Zone” weekly radio show to Southern California in 2014 as a forum for discussing California’s drought, with the aim of educating listeners on products and practices that could help save water outdoors.
For its demonstrated commitment to expanding awareness of WaterSense labeled products, The Toro Company earned the WaterSense 2015 Manufacturer Partner of the Year award.
Partner Events are happening somewhere in the country every month - with the greatest activity during the annual Fix a Leak Week. Check out the map to see if there are events near you!