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Why WaterSense?

The Southeast is one of the fastest growing areas in the United States. The population has increased about 20 percent in the past ten years.


States in the Southeast issued more than 420,000 new housing permits in 2007. That is about 30 percent of the national total for that year. More people and more buildings mean more demand for water and energy.

WaterSense, Water & Energy Savings

Let WaterSense show you how to save water—and your wallet. The average household spends as much as $500 per year on its water and sewer bill but could save about $170 per year by installing water efficient fixtures and beginning watersaving practices.

How much money you save will depend on the cost of water where you live, but it makes sense that using less water lowers your utility bill. More importantly, using less water preserves this limited resource for generations to come.

Changing Weather Conditions

Drought conditions over the past few years have affected supplies for cities, industries, hydroelectric dams, and thermoelectric (nuclear and coal-fired) power plants. Lakes across the Southeast were at record lows that caused problems for states, industries, and residents.


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