Colorado Springs Utilities’ Showerhead Exchange

POSTED: 04:54 PM MDT Mar 20, 2013    UPDATED: 07:29 AM MDT Mar 23, 2013 

The persistent drought and dwindling water storages have turned the spotlight on conservation.

In an effort to encourage saving water in the community, Colorado Springs Utilities is hosting a “Showerhead Exchange.” 

CSU will be distributing 3000 WaterSense Showerheads in exchange for old showerheads.

According to CSU senior conservation specialist, Frank Kinder, the WaterSense Showerheads use 1.5 gallons of water per minute.  He said standard showerheads use 2.5 gallons per minute. 

The WaterSense showerheads save homeowners money by conserving water, reducing waste water and reducing the amount of energy used to heat the water.  After installing the WaterSense showerheads, Kinder said families can expect a savings of $127 per year for each showerhead installed.

This event will be held Saturday, March 23 from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the Colorado Springs Utilities Conservation and Environmental Center at 2855 Mesa Road in Colorado Springs.

To obtain a new showerhead, residents need to bring an old showerhead and an existing water bill.  CSU has set a maximum of two showerhead exchanges per household.

Kinder said the WaterSense showerhead incorporates more air into the water stream, without minimizing pressure.  He said this is an easy way to save money, and help conserve the community’s resources.

“It makes our water supply last longer.  It makes our energy a little cheaper and we have a more efficient community which saves everybody money,” said Kinder.

Water conservation experts will be available at the exchange to answer questions and provide tips on saving water.  There will also be two WaterSense toilets given away at the event.