Bellevue's water provider will offer free water-saving showerheads to thousands of customers this summer as part of a new regional energy and water efficiency campaign.
"Water-efficient showerheads definitely make a difference," said Grant Degginger, mayor of Bellevue and chair of Cascade Water Alliance. "Conserving our natural resources, including water and energy, will help us face the challenges of future water supply and climate change."
Bellevue acquires its drinking water through the Cascade Water Alliance, an association of water districts and cities. Cascade, along with Seattle City Light, Puget Sound Energy and the Saving Water Partnership, is offering the new showerheads.
Efficient showerheads help residents save money on their water, gas, electric and sewer utility bills. Customers can also lower their carbon footprint, and in turn, curb the effects of climate change by reducing their water and energy use at home. Because a significant amount of energy is needed in order to heat water, saving water also saves on energy use. Those energy savings translate into less carbon dioxide emitted from local natural gas uses, while also lowering local demand for fossil fuel-generated electricity supplies from national energy wholesalers.
If just one-half of all single-family households install a water-efficient showerhead in each shower, the region can save almost 200 million gallons of drinking water per year, enough to meet the needs of 3,000 households in that time.
Customers are urged to fill out and return the postage-paid mailer to receive free efficient showerheads and faucet aerators. The utilities’ free efficient showerhead offer ends Sept. 15. The Saving Water Partnership has more information on this program.
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