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Posted on: October 8, 2020

Athens-Clarke County Wins WaterSense Sustained Excellence Award

2020 Sustained Excellence words with green and blue WaterSense logo

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has recognized Athens-Clarke County (ACC) Public Utilities Department with a 2020 WaterSense Sustained Excellence Award for promoting WaterSense and water efficiency in 2019.   The award marks the fourth consecutive year the Public Utilities Department has earned national recognition as a Sustained Excellence Award recipient.  

 “Athens-Clarke County is a community that places great value on our water resources,” says ACC Mayor Kelly Girtz.  “By simply installing a WaterSense product, our residents are instantly more efficient.  We continue to promote WaterSense and conservation to ensure our local water supply for generations to come.” 

WaterSense, a voluntary partnership program sponsored by EPA, is both a label for water-efficient products and a resource for helping consumers learn ways to save water. WaterSense selected the ACC Public Utilities Department (PUD) as a 2020 Sustained Excellence Award winner for their creative water conservation education approaches.  PUD’s continued efforts contributed to consumers and businesses across the nation saving 871 billion gallons of water in 2019, along with the energy used to heat that water and money on utility bills. 

“Since the program started in 2006, our WaterSense partners have made it possible for consumers and businesses to save more than 4.4 trillion gallons of water and $87 billion on utility bills,” said Veronica Blette, WaterSense Program Manager. “Our award winners, in particular, have gone above and beyond to make water, energy, and money savings easy for Americans.”

WaterSense recognized a total of 28 utilities, manufacturers, builders, and other organizations that are making it possible for consumers and businesses to save billions of gallons of water each year as part of its Partner of the Year Awards. WaterSense Award winners demonstrate their commitment to saving this precious resource by producing, building, and promoting labeled products and homes that are independently certified to use less water and perform well, as well as offering certification programs for water-smart irrigation professionals. 

For more information about WaterSense, the ACC Public Utilities Department, and the additional 2020 award winners, visit  For information on local water-efficiency promotions, visit


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