The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recognized City of Allen with a 2021 WaterSense Excellence in Education Award for its dedication to helping consumers and businesses save water, even with the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020.
The City’s Water Conservation team was recognized for promoting WaterSense and water efficiency throughout 2020, along with 33 other utilities, manufacturers, builders, retailers, and other organizations that partner with WaterSense to promote water-efficient products, homes, and programs.
Read the award writeup from WaterSense
“Three-time WaterSense Excellence Award winner the City of Allen (Texas) got an A+ for teaching its residents how to conserve water in 2020. During Fix a Leak Week, the City conducted a number of promotions, including a presentation to more than 1,600 fifth graders. A local library display promoted Sprinkler Spruce-Up, Your Better Bathroom, and Shower Better using WaterSense materials to educate library-goers on different ways to save water throughout the year. The library also hosts the City of Allen’s demonstration garden, which was selected for the 2020 Small Utility Conservation award by the Texas Section of the American Water Works Association.
City Water Conservation Staff continued hosting the Sustainable Landscape Series in 2020, holding seven seminars between January and March, and nearly 600 adults attended. After one in-person seminar was cancelled due to COVID-19, the City of Allen didn’t cancel class completely. They videotaped and posted three sustainable landscape presentations on sprinkler systems, which were also offered on the local cable TV channel.”
WaterSense, a voluntary partnership program sponsored by EPA, is both a label for water-efficient products and homes and a resource for helping consumers learn ways to save water. Since the program started in 2006, WaterSense labeled products have helped consumers and businesses save 5.3 trillion gallons of water—enough water to supply all households in the U.S. with water for 200 days! Learn more about WaterSense at epa.gov/watersense.