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by Keith Bancroft

Home Water Works logoIf you’ve been looking for a source of comprehensive, current information on how to increase the water efficiency in your home, then you’ll want to visit Alliance for Water Efficiency’s new web site, Home Water Works.

The web site provides a vast amount of current information about indoor and outdoor residential water use and efficiency measures. A central feature of Home Water Works is the Water Calculator. Just answer a few simple questions about yourself and your home, and the Water Calculator will quickly estimate how much water you use for a variety of end uses, including toilets, dishwashers, showers, irrigation and more. You’ll also receive information on where and how to increase water efficiency in your home by identifying the end uses where water can be saved.

For additional information on water efficiency, visit the Alliance for Water Efficiency’s Resource Library—one of the best on-line resources on water conservation and efficiency.

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by Keith Bancroft

Once again, MMWD is teaming up with WaterSense to promote Fix a Leak Week. “No problem,” you say—you fixed all your leaks during last year’s leak-fixing week. Well, fixing leaks is like a real live “whack-a-mole” game—you think you’re done and another one pops up someplace else.

Nationwide, more than 1 trillion gallons of water leak from U.S. homes each year. That’s why WaterSense reminds Americans to check their plumbing fixtures and irrigation systems each year during Fix a Leak Week. You can start with our “How to be a Leak Detective!” brochure. It will help you identify the most likely sources of leaks inside and outside your home.

For more information on what you can do to save water, please visit the WaterSense website. Launched in 2006, WaterSense is an EPA-sponsored partnership program that seeks to protect the future of our nation’s water supply by promoting water efficiency and enhancing the market for water-efficient products, programs and practices.

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by Keith Bancroft

Based on a recent survey of people within a 30-foot radius of my desk at work, most people associate October with dressing up in costumes and gluttonous consumption of candy. However, from my observations, this seems to be what they associate every other month of the year with as well. Oh, there are the odd few who know October as “Rhubarb Month,” “Feral Hog Month,” “Squirrel Awareness and Appreciation Month” or, my personal favorite, “National Sarcastic Awareness Month.” But did you know that, in addition to all these wonderful reasons to celebrate in October, it’s also National Kitchen and Bath Month?

As a partner in the U.S. EPA’s WaterSense program, and in honor of National Kitchen and Bath Month, MMWD wants to remind everyone to look for WaterSense labeled faucets, showerheads and toilets when purchasing new plumbing fixtures. WaterSense labeled fixtures are independently certified to use at least 20 percent less water than standard models while delivering the same rinse, spray or flushing power consumers expect. Over the last five years, American households have saved 125 billion gallons of water and more than $2 billion in utility bills by using WaterSense labeled plumbing products. For more information on WaterSense products, please visit the WaterSense website at www.epa.gov/watersense.

And for more information on “Squirrel Awareness and Appreciation Month,” visit www.thesquirrelloversclub.com/history.php.

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by Keith Bancroft

EcoFair MarinCome out and join members of the MMWD Water Conservation staff and Marin Master Gardeners at the first annual EcoFair Marin, held at the Marin County Fairgrounds this Sunday, September 4, 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. General admission is $5;  children 17 and under are free.

EcoFair Marin’s mission it to honor Marin County’s rich heritage of innovative environmental stewardship. There will be an amazing array of speakers, exhibitors, musicians and activities for the whole family.

A small sample of the various offerings:

10:00 a.m. – Best Ways to Save Water Inside and Outside Your Home, with Tom Bressan of Urban Farmer Store, John Russel of Watersprout and Gary Klein of Affiliated International Management LLC.

11:00 a.m. – Graywater Technology for Conservation. Tom Bressan of Urban Farmer Store demonstrates a graywater system.

1:00 p.m. – Local Leaders of Sustainable Farming, with Mark Pasternak, Kevin Maloney and Dominic Grossi, moderated by Viven Straus of Cowgirl Creamery.

3:00 p.m. – Fresh Cheese Splash – Cheesemaking Class. Learn the basics of home cheesemaking from the San Francisco Milk Maid.

For a complete listing of activities visit www.ecofairmarin.org.

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by Keith Bancroft

Fix a Leak Week 2011March 14 – 20, 2011, marks the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s WaterSense program’s third annual “Fix a Leak Week,” a time to remind everyone to check household fixtures and irrigation systems for leaks.

Think leaks don’t happen in your home? Think again. Between 2008-2010, MMWD Conservation staff visited over 3,700 homes and found leaks in 40 percent of them. This amounted to over 1,500 individual leaks! Extrapolating out to all residences served by MMWD, this would mean there are over 22,100 leaks are out there right now, wasting water and costing you (or about 40 percent of you) money.

But you don’t need to invite a friendly, courteous, knowledgeable MMWD Conservation Specialist to your home in order to find those unscrupulous leaks. You just need a little self motivation, the ability to read (which, by getting this far, you’ve sufficiently demonstrated), an old-school tweed detective’s cap, and a buddy named Watson. Okay, you can skip the last two items, but you will be doing some detective work. 

About now, you’re probably asking yourself, “Golly, how can I be a leak detective?” Funny you should ask, because we have just the thing for you—our “How to be a Leak Detective!” brochure. It will help you identify the usual suspects and show you a few tricks to gets the goods on the bad guys.

And if you decide you would like the sleuthing assistance of an MMWD Conservation Specialist, give us a call at 945-1523 to schedule your free home water survey.

For more information on what you can do to save water, please visit the WaterSense web site. Launched in 2006, WaterSense is an EPA-sponsored partnership program that seeks to protect the future of our nation’s water supply by promoting water efficiency and enhancing the market for water-efficient products, programs and practices.

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by Keith Bancroft

Explore the essential connection between water and the built environment at the 8th Annual Water Conservation Showcase on March 22 at the Pacific Energy Center, 851 Howard Street in San Francisco. This all-day event is being presented by the U.S. Green Building Council – Northern California Chapter in partnership with PG&E and East Bay Municipal Utility District.

Expert speakers will educate you on the latest water conservation issues and technologies, with a particular focus on the built environment and Northern California. Exhibitors will display innovative technologies and products, alongside government agencies and nonprofits providing information about programs and services. Network with thousands of professionals and key decision makers, including architects, brokers, contractors, developers, engineers, energy and sustainability experts, and representatives from government agencies, non-profits, planning departments, product manufacturers, professional associations, utility districts and more.

Join us for this event, free to all attendees! Learn more & register at www.usgbc-ncc.org/wcs.

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by Keith Bancroft

GreenPlumbers USA is now offering all five of its training workshops online.  This will allow those interested in completing the 32-hour accreditation program to avoid the hassle of travel and to work on their own time, at their own pace. The program is certified by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and is composed of the following five workshops:

GreenPlumbers is an innovative national training and accreditation program that assists plumbers in understanding their role in the environment and public health. The organization’s goal is to train and deploy thousands of plumbers to promote the benefits of water conservation and the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. The focus is on changing consumer and plumbing behavior through the use of energy efficiency and water-saving technologies.

Please visit the GreenPlumbers website for more information.

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