Fort Collins Utilities will recognize the winners of the 2013 Water Catcher Awards, a new program to recognize the efforts of residents and businesses to conserve water, at the Sustainable Living Fair, Legacy Park, Saturday, Sept. 14, 1:45 p.m., main stage.
In its inaugural year, one resident and two businesses will receive awards, including Joel Shippy who installed efficient showerheads and faucet aerators throughout his home, checked for leaks and repaired them quickly. With these changes, Shippy estimates an approximate 1,000 gallons savings per month.
Brendle Group, a sustainability consulting firm, is the winner of the small business award. With a goal of achieving net zero water by 2020, they expect to reduce water use by 40,000 gallons a year through efficiency measures. If they achieve this status, the water savings could reach 70,000 gallons annually.
The large business award goes to Mountain Crest Behavioral Healthcare Center, a part of the University of Colorado Health. The spring water restrictions led the facilities manager to rethink sprinkler system management. By starting the watering season later and updating to more efficient sprinkler equipment, they saved over 650,000 gallons a month, a 60 percent savings over last summer.
“This program encourages citizens to look for ways to conserve water, through simple behavior changes and fixture replacement or more innovative methods,” said Laurie D’Audney, water conservation specialist. Learn about Water Catcher awards and this year’s recipients at http://fcgov.com/water-catchers.