As part of its effort to foster an ethic of water efficiency, the Environmental Protection Agency is accepting nominations for the Water Efficiency Leader Award, which recognizes organizations and individuals who demonstrate leadership and innovation in water-efficient products and practices.
A panel of national water experts will choose a winner based on the criteria of leadership, innovation and amount of water saved. Nominations must be postmarked by Aug. 17, and winners will be announced in late fall. Organizations and individuals from anywhere in the U.S. are eligible to apply. They may work in the public or private sector and may be self-nominated or nominated by a third party.
To apply, complete the application form available at http://www.epa.gov/water/wel/2007_application_process.html and provide a one-page description of the project or activities being nominated. Two pages of supporting material may also be submitted.
According to the EPA, water efficiency is critical to the economy and quality of life in the U.S. For example, running the hot water tap for five minutes consumes as much energy as using a 60-watt light bulb for 14 hours, according to the EPA.