Aqua Announces WaterSmart Educational Program
BRYN MAWR, PA.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--
Aqua America, Inc. (Aqua) today announced the launch of WaterSmart, an interactive program to help consumers conserve water in their homes and learn about the water treatment process. The new program is available at AquaAmerica.com. Aqua America is one of the largest U.S.-based, publicly traded water utilities and serves nearly three million people in eight states.
“The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates the U.S. population has doubled over the last 30 years and the demand for drinking water has tripled during this time,” said Aqua Chairman and CEO Nicholas DeBenedictis. “Further, more than half of our country is facing water shortages. At Aqua, we recognize the importance of proactive conservation to protect this important resource and remain committed to bringing clean, safe drinking water to our customers for the cost of about a penny a gallon.”
The interactive program is rooted in an illustration of a home, with clickable elements in each room that provide tips for water conservation that align with everyday activities, such as cleaning, gardening and personal care. The program is available as a mobile web app on tablets and smartphones, and accessible on modern web browsers on desktop and laptop computers.
Another component of the program focuses on education about how water travels from a source to the tap, with downloadable diagrams that explain the processes to treat surface water, groundwater, and wastewater. “Most people turn on their tap water every day without realizing how source water is treated and then delivered to their home,” said Karl Kyriss, executive vice president, who oversees Aqua’s information technology department. “We created this resource to help educate consumers about the entire process, which further supports our focus on conservation. By conserving water use in day-to-day activities, we save water and energy, reducing our total environmental impact.”
To supplement the interactive, web-based program, WaterSmart includes downloadable PDFs with conservation tips and diagrams about water treatment for printing and distribution and additional direct links for sharing Aqua’s tools on social media accounts and by email.
“By working together to save water in small ways throughout our home and daily routines, we can make a big impact and help save water,” added DeBenedictis.
Aqua America is one of the largest U.S.-based, publicly-traded water utilities and serves nearly 3 million people in Pennsylvania, Ohio, North Carolina, Illinois, Texas, New Jersey, Indiana and Virginia. Aqua America is listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol WTR. Visit AquaAmerica.com for more information, or follow Aqua on Facebook at facebook.com/MyAquaAmerica and on Twitter at @MyAquaAmerica.
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