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October 17, 2011

1) Visit EPA's Water is Worth It Facebook Page and Follow our Water Tweets
2) EPA's Watershed Academy is pleased to sponsor its 60th free Webcast Seminar on "Conducting Effective Stormwater Outreach"
3) Bathroom "Mini-Makeovers" Save Water, Energy, and Money


1) Visit EPA's Water is Worth It Facebook Page and Follow our Water Tweets
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Office of Water will be sharing news, events and information of interest through Facebook and Twitter. Find out what EPA and partners are doing to protect human health and the environment. Visit EPA's Water Is Worth It Facebook page, http://www.facebook.com/EPAWaterIsWorthIt, and follow our tweets at http://twitter.com/epaowow

2) EPA's Watershed Academy is pleased to sponsor its 60th free Webcast Seminar on "Conducting Effective Stormwater Outreach"
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Watershed Academy is pleased to sponsor its 60th free Webcast Seminar on Thursday, October 27, 2011 "Conducting Effective Stormwater Outreach."

This webinar will help state and local agencies, municipalities, watershed groups and others design effective outreach initiatives. It will showcase EPA's Nonpoint Source (NPS) Outreach Toolbox, which offers a variety of stormwater TV, radio and print ads, and other tools. Featured products cover: general stormwater, lawn and garden care, pet care, septic system care, motor vehicle care, and household chemicals. The webinar will also feature Think Blue Maine. This successful awareness and behavior change outreach effort by the Think Blue Maine partnership included the development and airing of a 30-second Public Service Announcement (Devil Ducks) and the creation of posters, door hangers and other products. Recent survey results show a marked increase in public understanding and a willingness to take actions to protect water quality.

To register for the webcast visit https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/373037154

The presentation will be posted in advance at http://epa.gov/watershedwebcasts. Webcast participants are eligible to receive a certificate for their attendance.

3) Bathroom "Mini-Makeovers" Save Water, Energy, and Money
In honor of National Kitchen and Bath Month this October, WaterSense partners across the country are promoting water-saving bathroom "mini-makeovers." Giving a home's main bathroom a mini-makeover by installing a WaterSense labeled toilet, faucet, and showerhead can save a household more than $80 annually and 7,000 gallons of water per year—enough water to wash six months' worth of laundry. In addition to saving water, a mini-makeover saves energy by reducing the amount of water that needs to be heated—enough to power a refrigerator for two months. The combined utility savings can pay for the new fixtures in as little as two years.

Bathrooms are the biggest water users in homes, accounting for more than half of all indoor water use. With water utility costs on the rise—now averaging more than $700 per household per year across the United States—Americans can save by giving their bathrooms a mini-makeover with a WaterSense labeled toilet, faucet, and showerhead.

For more information, please visit http://www.epa.gov/watersense/pubs/bathroom.html

For information on EPA's WaterSense program: www.epa.gov/watersense

 


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