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AUGUST 25, 1997

Local News

"Water Cents" can add up to savings

  NW News Staff
   In response to customer survey requests, the Woodinville Water District and City of Redmond Division of Natural Resources have embarked on a partnership pilot program developed for their high water use customers. The water Cents Program will be targeted to 200 Woodinville and 100 Redmond customers whose summer water use is two and a half times their winter use. The program provides a free on-site analysis of current water usage, both indoors an outdoors by professionally trained "Water Cents" technicians. Technicians will gather information from the customer on their current water use, including the number of people living in the home, the number of loads of dishes or laundry done in a typical week. and other data about indoor use. The representative will also check the water meter and all plumbing fixtures for leaks and perform a flow test. Shower heads and faucets aerators have been donated by Puget Sound Energy, Woodinville Water District and the City of Redmond and will be installed, if needed.
  
   Outdoors, the representative will take a soil sample, measure the landscape portion of the property, and test the watering system to determine amount of water being applied and distributed uniformity.
  
   The data will then be entered into a computer and a personalized report will be mailed to each participant. The report will provide a graph illustrating where water is currently being used, suggestions along with likely dollar and water savings.
  
   The "Water Cents" program, developed by EcoGroup in Tempe, Arizona, is the first of it's kind in our region and uses a sophisticated software program to link information obtained during the actual survey with the money saving recommendations contained within each individual output report.
  
   For more information, or to see if you qualify, call 483-9104, ext., 302 in Woodinville or 556-2845 in Redmond.