Water systems owned and operated by private water companies deliver 4.6 billion gallons of water to their customers every day, but our responsibility as an industry goes far beyond treatment, testing and delivery. It extends to the communities where professionals live and work, to steadfast shareholders who first invested in our members' companies decades ago, and to the environment we must protect. Private water companies continue to be at the forefront of a more holistic approach to resource management that embraces watershed planning and greener cities, and fosters environmental and economic vitality.
Successfully responding to challenges requires more than big ideas and innovative technology. Accessible financial resources to fund projects and the management capacity to see them through from inspiration to operation are critical. Private water companies are using their unique resources to make a difference.
Conservation and the efficient use of water are important for sustainability, even if water sometimes seems abundant. Saving water is saving money, and by providing information about the true cost of water and wastewater services, people will be able to make more informed decisions about water infrastructure issues. We partner with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's WaterSense® program to help Americans make smart choices about selecting water-efficient products. As of 2010, WaterSense has helped customers save a cumulative 46 billion gallons of water and $343 million in water bills.
To learn more about sustainability and the solutions offered by our members, visit our Our Solutions.