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Miami-Dade Water and Sewer Department to exchange showerheads and lightbulbs at Sunday's Adopt-a-Tree event

MIAMI (October 26, 2017)

The Miami-Dade Water and Sewer Department (WASD) constantly strives to improve its previous work and saving water and exchanging lightbulbs is no different. WASD exchanged approximately 500 lightbulbs and 150 showerheads during July’s Adopt-a-Tree event – resulting in 5,250 gallons of saved water. Department staff is looking to beat those numbers this Sunday.

Stop by the Miami-Dade County Fair and Expo Center, 10901 SW 24 Street from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Sunday for a one-stop shop for water and energy conservation opportunities during 2017’s last Adopt-A-Tree event for the year.

The Adopt-a-Tree program provides Miami-Dade single-family or duplex homeowners with two free trees every year, even if they have adopted trees in previous years. Single-family homeowners adopted more than 195,000 trees since the program's inception in 2001.

Residents can stop by the Miami-Dade Water and Sewer Department (WASD) booth and exchange two showerheads for new, free, high efficiency showerheads and three incandescent lightbulbs for high efficiency CFLs that will save water and energy.

Did you know: The shower is a large user of water in the home – consuming about 17 percent of total household water. Installing a high-efficiency showerhead is a practical way to reduce water consumption. It not only reduces your water bill, it reduces your sewer and energy bills as well.

Typical non-conserving showerheads have flow rates of five to eight gallons per minute, meaning that a typical five-minute shower would send about 25-40 gallons of fresh water down the drain and into the sewer.

By contrast, high-efficiency showerheads provided by WASD use only 1.5 gallons per minute, or 7 1/2 gallons for a five-minute shower, reducing water demand by at least 50 percent.

An additional opportunity to save money on multiple utility bills is by exchanging your incandescent lightbulbs for the high efficiency CFLs. When you reduce electricity usage, you also save water. Another fun fact: when you shut off a 60-watt light bulb for an hour, it not only saves electricity, but 120 liters of water, as well.

All events will take place from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., rain or shine. The trees given out in 2017 include: Mango, Soursop, Orange Geiger, Pigeon Plum and Krug’s Holly. Not all trees may be available at each event.

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 the department’s website.