Aqua introduces WaterSmart program

WaterSmart, an interactive program to help consumers conserve water and learn about water treatment, has been launched by Aqua America, Inc.

The new program is available at Aqua America is one of the largest U.S.-based, publicly traded water utilities. Aqua has customers in Hood County, as well as nearly three million people in eight states.

“The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates the U.S. population has doubled over the last 30 years and the demand for drinking water has tripled during this time,” said Aqua Chairman and CEO Nicholas DeBenedictis

“Further, more than half of our country is facing water shortages. At Aqua, we recognize the importance of proactive conservation to protect this important resource and remain committed to bringing clean, safe drinking water to our customers for the cost of about a penny a gallon.”

The interactive program is rooted in an illustration of a home, with clickable elements in each room that provide tips for water conservation that align with everyday activities, such as cleaning, gardening and personal care.

Another component of the program focuses on education about how water travels from a source to the tap, with downloadable diagrams that explain the processes to treat surface water, groundwater, and wastewater.

“Most people turn on their tap water every day without realizing how source water is treated and then delivered to their home,” said Karl Kyriss, executive vice president, who oversees Aqua’s information technology department. “We created this resource to help educate consumers about the entire process, which further supports our focus on conservation. By conserving water use in day-to-day activities, we save water and energy, reducing our total environmental impact.”