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Posted on: September 29, 2020

We won!

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The Big Bear Lake Department of Water and Power (BBLDWP) earned its first Partner of the Year Award for an "impressive array of outreach and education programs." WaterSense recently recognized a total of 28 utilities, manufacturers, builders, and other organizations that are making it possible for consumers and businesses to save billions of gallons of water each year as part of its Partner of the Year Awards. 

In 2019 we rebated nearly 200 water-efficient toilets for residents, most of which were WaterSense labeled, and gave away more than 150 WaterSense labeled showerheads and nearly 400 WaterSense certified bathroom and kitchen aerators to residents. To promote commercial water savings, we rebated an additional 50 WaterSense toilets and distributed showerheads and aerators to commercial customers. We also partnered with Bear Valley Electric Inc. to co-host the Earth Day celebration, sponsored the Sierra Club’s Xeriscape Garden Tour, and partnered with Resource Action Programs to distribute water conservation lesson plans and kits to local 5th grade students. Following the school program, 37 percent of students and their families installed the showerheads, 27 percent installed faucet aerators, and 39 percent repaired a toilet leak after using the leak detection tabs. The program estimates cumulative water savings of nearly 300,000 gallons of water and wastewater. 

Flo Watersense 2 WaterSense, a voluntary partnership program sponsored by EPA, is both a label for water-efficient products and a resource for helping consumers learn ways to save water. WaterSense labeled products, homes, and programs helped consumers and businesses save 871 billion gallons of water in 2019 and reduced the energy used to pump and heat that water. These reductions in water use result in lower utility bills. 

“Since the program started in 2006, our WaterSense partners have made it possible for consumers and businesses to save more than 4.4 trillion gallons of water and $87 billion on utility bills,” said Veronica Blette, WaterSense Program Manager. “Our award winners in particular have gone above and beyond to make water, energy, and money savings easy for Americans.”

Predating the California state requirements, BBLDWP has a long-held change-of-service policy requiring that customers have water-efficient plumbing fixtures installed when they purchase a property. We help customers achieve that water-saving goal with a multitude of incentives. BBLDWP is proud to promote WaterSense in our lobby (when open), on radio ads, in the local newspaper, on our Facebook and Twitter accounts, on our website, and at all in-person events. 

For more information about WaterSense and the 2020 award winners, visit on or after October 7. 

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