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Start the year off with savings with showerhead and lightbulb exchange at Sunday's Doral Farmers Market

MIAMI (January 12, 2016)

Seventy percent of the earth is covered by water, but less than one percent is fresh water. Make a resolution in 2016 to conserve drinking water. When you attend the Doral Farmers Market, located at 9659 NW 41st St., from 10:30 a.m. to noon on Sunday, you can exchange two old showerheads for two new high-efficiency showerheads for free.

Showering can account for about 30 percent of a home's water use. With a Miami-Dade County high-efficiency showerhead, water and energy savings in your home add up quickly. Once installing a high-efficiency showerhead, the average home would save approximately 2,900 gallons of water a year, the equivalent of 13 days of energy to power your home and $70 on your water bill.

WaterSense-certified showerheads use only 1.5 gallons per minute, reducing water demand by at least 50 percent over a standard showerhead. They are independently certified to use 20 percent less water, while meeting federal performance guidelines for spray force and water coverage.

You can decrease your carbon footprint even more by exchanging three traditional lightbulbs for 3 high-efficiency lightbulbs.

You can also attend a free Rain Barrel and Water Conservation workshop and receive free plants, as well. Rain barrels will also be available for purchase. While the workshop is free, prior registration is advised. For more information or to register, click here.

It is the priority of the Miami-Dade Water and Sewer Department to provide safe, reliable service to its customers. For additional information about Department services and programs, visit our website.