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Hartsfield-Jackson recognized for water conservation
05 October ,2012

News Release
October 5, 2012


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Hartsfield-Jackson recognized for water conservation

Chattahoochee Riverkeeper cites low-flow toilets for 2012 Best in Class — Business award

ATLANTA – Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport on Thursday received a 2012 Best in Class — Business award from the Chattahoochee Riverkeeper nonprofit organization in recognition of its project to install efficient, low-flow toilets, saving more than 55 million gallons of water per year.

The Airport and co-winners City of Atlanta and TOTO USA were presented with the awards at the Morrow facility where TOTO USA manufactures the environmentally friendly toilets.

“Hartsfield-Jackson continuously strives to reduce its impact on the environment, and we have worked hard to reduce our water usage,” said Aviation General Manager Louis Miller. “With nearly 250,000 people passing through the Airport every day, the extra water saved with low-flow toilets adds up quickly. It’s not only the responsible thing to do for the environment but also a financially sound decision.”

For its 2012 “Filling the Water Gap: Conservation Successes and Missed Opportunities in Metro Atlanta” report, Chattahoochee Riverkeeper consulted with utility companies to identify local companies and organizations that were leading the way in water conservation.

Hartsfield-Jackson and TOTO USA were commended for their work together on the installation of water-efficient plumbing fixtures throughout the Airport. The report noted that the Airport has installed 630 new toilets, 1,200 urinals and more than 1,000 faucets so far.

The group selected the City of Atlanta primarily for its participation in the Better Buildings Challenge, a national campaign to promote energy conservation. The City went beyond the original intent of the challenge to add goals for water conservation.

Sally Bethea, executive director of Chattahoochee Riverkeeper, said that the organization’s decision to follow up on its 2011 “Filling the Water Gap” only a year later was prompted by a court ruling that limited metro Atlanta’s access to water from Lake Lanier and by another year of significant drought. The report is designed to applaud companies with innovative water-saving programs and to encourage other companies to do their part.

“Efficient use of a limited resource makes good business sense, and it makes good environmental sense,” she said.

To read the entire 2012 “Filling the Water Gap” report, go to www.chattahoochee.org/enews/documents/FTWG12.pdf .

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