Water Conservation Tour Attracts 150 in Merrillville

By: Sheila Nero Last Updated: August 24, 2010

When The Responsible Bathroom Water Conservation Tour stopped Thursday (August 19) at Leeps Supply, 8001 Tyler St., about 150 interested community members attended the event, which focused on the display of water-saving plumbing products onboard the 44-foot mobile showroom. responsible-bathroom-tour

Local water conservation is the most direct way to reduce water bills and cut energy costs, while also managing a precious resource. The Tour aims to help raise awareness about water conservation and to offer practical solutions through water-saving bathroom fixtures. The Tour shows, among other educational points, how an average four-person household can save 48,326 gallons of water a year.

Water shortages are forecast to hit 36 states in the U.S., including Indiana, by 2013, according to a federal report. Many communities already are experiencing a tighter water supply.

The Thursday Tour event, held from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., was one of five Indiana stops and one of about 300 total stops in the water conservation campaign sponsored by American Standard. Industry attendees included plumbers. The free event was open to the public.

Visitors to The Responsible Bathroom Water Conservation Tour gained:

  • Financial calculations of how much water and money consumers can save with efficient bathroom products. Retrofitting faucets, showerheads and toilets with low-flow options is one of the fastest and easiest ways for consumers and businesses to save significant amounts of water.
  • Water-saving tips that benefit the environment. American Standard Brands, the Tour sponsor, has announced a $1 million, two-year partnership with The Nature Conservancy, the world’s largest conservation organization, in support of its mission in the area of global freshwater conservation.
  • Hands-on demonstrations of the newest water-saving showerheads, faucets, and toilets. A tour ambassador aboard the mobile showroom explained the latest products and demonstrated the products for the audience.

Since bathrooms account for 75% of indoor water use, it is crucial to install water-saving plumbing fixtures in homes, schools and businesses. The American Standard objective is to reduce overall water consumption by more than 18 billion gallons through the installation of water-efficient American Standard toilets, showers and faucets. The Responsible Bathroom Tour aims to add 2 billion to the gallons saved in 2010.

At American Standard, our goal is to educate consumers that conservation can and does begin at home. By developing water-efficient, low-consumption toilets, faucets and showerheads that actually work, we are providing consumers with real choice in creating responsible bathrooms without sacrifice in style or performance,” said Don Devine, American Standard president and chief executive officer.

For more information about the Tour, see www.theresponsiblebathroomtour.com.