Earth Day event provides water-saving clothes washer to community-based organization

With Earth Day approaching, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) urges the city's residents, businesses and industries to renew their water- and energy-saving activities as well as take advantage of many available programs designed to help conserve these natural resources.

LOS ANGELES, Calif., April 16, 2004 -- With Earth Day approaching, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) urges the city's residents, businesses and industries to renew their water- and energy-saving activities as well as take advantage of many available programs designed to help conserve these natural resources.

On Saturday, April 17, LADWP will join with Flex Your Power, the City of Santa Monica and other utilities, water agencies, businesses and nonprofit organizations in an Earth Day event aimed at urging people to replace their older "energy hog" appliances with new high efficiency models. The presentation is part of the Los Angeles Earth Day event, scheduled for 2 p.m. at the Santa Monica Promenade.

LADWP selected the Asian American Drug Abuse Program (AADAP), located in the Crenshaw area of Los Angeles, to receive a new water-saving, energy efficient washing machine that is being provided by Flex Your Power, California's statewide energy efficiency marketing and outreach campaign.

The washer -- a qualified Energy Star® appliance -- can save up to 25 gallons of water per load compared to a 10-year-old washer. The Maytag Neptune washers have saved Californians nearly 715 million gallons of water and close to 12 million kilowatt hours (kWh) of energy in the last year, according to the Flex Your Power campaign.

"The AADAP residential facility will benefit greatly from this free, more efficient washing machine," said Al Mizuno, residential treatment director of the Crenshaw facility, which houses 27 adult residents who average about two loads of wash per week. AADAP operates primarily with federal funds, passed through the county and state, and also with revenues earned distributing and installing free water-saving toilets and other devices for LADWP customers. "Any savings in utility costs will allow AADAP to purchase additional necessities for the residents, such as food, clothing, or even additional outings," Mizuno said.

"We are pleased to have this opportunity to present a water-efficient clothes washer to AADAP, a worthwhile organization that helps people end their dependence on drugs, and helps residents of Los Angeles save water," said Jerry Gewe, chief operating officer of LADWP's Water System. "I'd also like to take this opportunity to thank our customers for all of their water conservation efforts and participation in our water conservation programs. Thanks to their efforts, the city of Los Angeles uses the same amount of water today as it did 20 years ago, despite a 20 percent population increase," Gewe said.

As the warm summer months approach, LADWP reminds customers to look for ways to save water and electricity. Although the city has adequate supplies to provide reliable water and power throughout the year, the hotter weather typically can put more stress on the electrical system as well as cause people to increase their water use, particularly for watering dry lawns and other landscaping.

"This is the time when residents should check their sprinkler systems to make sure they are in good working order," said Tom Gackstetter, LADWP water conservation manager. "They should check for leaks and replace broken parts, and check the time settings of their automatic sprinkler controllers," said Gackstetter, advising that people should always water early in the morning when there will be less wind and water evaporation.

For more tips on ways to save water, including information about native and drought-tolerant plants, a sprinkler calculator for estimating water needs and a watering index, please visit www.bewaterwise.com, the website provided by the "Family of Southern California Water Agencies," of which LADWP is a member. For more water-saving tips and LADWP programs, please visit www.ladwp.com and click on "rebates & programs."

In terms of energy conservation, LADWP currently offers consumer rebates for energy efficient appliances such as air conditioners, programmable thermostats, and ceiling fans. LADWP also urges customers to take advantage of its "Trees for a Green L.A." program, which provides free shade trees to customers who participate in a two-hour workshop. The trees provide shade, which reduces air conditioning demand. They benefit the environment as well as beautify your home and neighborhood.

To find an upcoming "Trees for a Green L.A." workshop in your area, please visit www.ladwp.com, click on "rebates & programs" and then click on "residential programs" or call 1-800-GREEN LA (800-473-3652).

The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power serves more than 3.8 million people in Los Angeles and was established more than 100 years ago to provide water and electric needs to the city's businesses and residents. For more information, visit www.ladwp.com.


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