Cobb County Government

Water System honored for education

Cobb County was recently honored as the 2011 WaterSense Promotional Partner of the Year by the Environmental Protection Agency. Cobb educates consumers on water efficiency through events and presentations, leading to an 80 percent familiarity of WaterSense among local consumers, compared to just 10 percent a few years ago. Cobb began its water efficiency program in 2005 and has seen its per capita water use drop from 126 gallons per person, per day in 2005 to 113 per person per day in 2010. Conservation is extremely important because while 75 percent of the Earth’s surface is covered with water, only 1 percent is available for human use.

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Cobb County Water System Senior Project Manager Kathy Nguyen accepted the award on behalf of the agency.

Also, the U.S. population has doubled over the past 50 years and withdrawals from public water supplies have tripled. Since 2006, the WaterSense program and its partners, including Cobb, have helped Americans save 125 billion gallons of water and more than $2 billion in water and energy bills, according to the EPA.