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News Contact: Cathy Summa-Wolfe, College of Marin, 415-485-9528

College of Marin will conserve over 2.5 million gallons of water next year
First school district in the area to implement this water saving program

KENTFIELD, Calif., June 25, 2007— This summer workers at the College of Marin (COM) have begun replacing 40 standard urinals with a new waterless version that will save an estimated 2.5 million gallons of water next year.

The project addresses the District’s commitment to sustainable business practices that will benefit the environment. “Fortunately, technology has made it possible to change to a waterless system,” said Don Flowers, COM Maintenance Supervisor. “Just by replacing 40 urinals we can conserve more than 2.5 million gallons of water a year.” In addition, the district will save over $17,000 a year on maintenance, water and sewer costs.

The Marin Municipal Water District (MMWD) provides an incentive to cut down on water usage by giving a $400 rebate for each urinal replaced. That means the district will only spend $6,000 of its operation and maintenance funds to install all the fixtures. “We are constantly looking for ways to maximize efficiency so that our customers will have better choices and more opportunities to make necessary upgrades,” said Keith Bancroft, MMWD Water Conservation Specialist.

Bancroft says COM is at the forefront in using the waterless system. Other school districts are expected to follow suit as they learn about the cost savings and how to use the new, greener technology.

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