Earth Day 2015: Giant Eagle to significantly reduce water consumption

Giant Eagle, Inc., one of the nation's largest food retailers and distributors, has announced that it is celebrating Earth Day 2015 with a commitment to reduce water consumption by 5 percent by July 2017, resulting in an anticipated conservation of millions of gallons of water.

PITTSBURGH, PA, April 27, 2015 -- Giant Eagle, Inc., one of the nation's largest food retailers and distributors, has announced that it is celebrating Earth Day 2015 with a commitment to reduce water consumption by 5 percent by July 2017, resulting in an anticipated conservation of millions of gallons of water.

According to Jan Eliasson, Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations, demand for water is projected to rise by an estimated 40 percent by 2050. In an effort to accommodate this growing demand, Giant Eagle executed a five-month conservation program in which each of the eight pilot locations exceeded a 5-percent water savings. As a result, all corporately operated Giant Eagle supermarkets will be retrofitted with water conservation equipment by June 30, 2015.

In addition to conservation efforts being put in place throughout Giant Eagle supermarkets, the company's WetGo car wash locations utilize water reclamation systems in order to make quality car washing more environmentally friendly. A single car wash at WetGo uses approximately 50-percent fewer gallons of fresh water than typical car washes.

See also:

"Environmental excellence recognized by Pennsylvania DEP"

"Fifty-seven businesses and organizations recognized for contributions to cleaner environment"


About Giant Eagle

Giant Eagle, Inc., ranked 35 on Forbes magazine's largest private corporations list, is one of the nation's largest food retailers and distributors with approximately $9.6 billion in annual sales. Founded in 1931, the company has grown to be the No. 1 supermarket retailer in the region with 418 retail locations throughout western Pennsylvania, north central Ohio, northern West Virginia and Maryland. For more information, visit www.gianteagle.com.

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