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Water: Water Efficiency Leaders Award

2007 WEL Winners

2007 Water Efficiency Leader Winners:

2007 Press Release

EPA would like to thank all of the organizations and individuals that applied in 2007. While we were only able to recognize a select few, we were pleased to see such a strong field of applicants who are setting a high standard for water efficient business practices.

2007 was the second year of awards. Recognition was awarded in five categories in 2007: Corporate, Government, Industry, Military, Nongovernmental Organization, and Individual.

Intel Corporation, Ocotillo Campus (Chandler, AZ) - Intel’s three initiatives focused on the collective recycling of 75 percent of the water used annually during manufacturing, thereby reducing their net demand for city water. This includes internal reuse of 530 million gallons of water within the plant, the take-back of 825 million gallons of treated wastewater from the city’s wastewater plant, and treatment of 575 million gallons of water to drinking water standards that is then returned back to the local underground aquifer.

Santa Clara Valley Water District (San Jose, CA) - This water management agency helped the community reduce water demand by 55,000 acre-feet, or 12 percent of present demand, through conservation and water recycling. They have plans to further reduce demand for water. The district uses an array of innovative programs which include the use of satellite imaging to inventory and measure irrigation landscapes, educating the public about the link between water efficiency and its positive impact on energy demand and air quality, and protecting salt marshes by reducing the amount of freshwater released from wastewater treatment facilities.

Frito-Lay (Plano, TX) - Frito-Lay's efforts at its facilities nationwide resulted in a 39 percent reduction of water consumption per pound of product since 1999. Frito-Lay has created a culture of conservation through internal awareness, training, and accountability. Frito-Lay plans to exceed their present success by further reducing their water use.

Lackland Air Force Base (Lackland, TX) - This military base uses comprehensive water conservation measures,and purchases recycled wastewater for reuse on the base. Water conservation measures include bathroom fixture retrofits, water efficient landscaping, and more water efficient heating and cooling systems. Recycled wastewater from the San Antonio Water System is used to irrigate the Parade Field, base golf course, and cooling tower plant. Employee outreach, school curriculum, and tenant education are key aspects of Lackland’s comprehensive approach.

Nongovernmental Organization
Kentucky Pollution Prevention Center (KPPC) at the University of Louisville (Louisville, KY) - By understanding both the technical issues and business risk issues faced by industry, KPPC works with industry to find profitable pollution prevention solutions for the metal industry to reduce the need for, and cost associated with, end-of-pipe controls. One example includes KPPC's assistance that resulted in a 30 percent net water savings, valued at $50,000 annually, while production at the metal finishing plant increased 50 percent.

Allan Dietemann Seattle Public Utilities (Seattle, WA) - Mr. Dietemann has been a leader in promoting water conservation for over 20 years. He is specifically recognized for the Seattle Water Supply System Regional 1% Program (1% Program). This ten year effort, now in its seventh year, reduces water consumption for businesses, government, and homeowners. Mr. Dietemann is also recognized for his central role in promoting consumer product water efficiency such as product labeling and inclusion of water efficiency standards in the Department of Energy’s appliance efficiency standards.

2006 list of winners
2008 list of winners

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