71% of the Earth's surface is covered by water, but only 1% is accessibly freshwater suitable for human use.
Americans use an average of 152 gallons of water per day.
The average human drinks over 16,000 gallons of water in a lifetime.
The Albemarle County Service Authority (ACSA) supports and encourages water conservation through several initiatives.
Toilet Rebate Program- Did you know that toilets account for 35% of residential water use. Can you imagine how much a leaking toilet accounts for? One of our oldest initiatives, our Toilet Rebate Program offers $100 for each water guzzling toilet (up to three) that you replace with a low flow toilet (1.8 gallons per flush or less). In order to participate, a Toilet Rebate form (located on the left) is required to be completed and submitted to our Administration Department. The ACSA must also pick up your old toilet in order for you to receive a rebate. Please call the Administration Department at (434)977-4511 for more program details.
Rain Barrel Rebate Program- Our Rain Barrel Rebate Program offers you $30 for each rain barrel you purchase (up to two) and install at your home. Rain water harvested from the rain barrels can be used to water your lawn or garden, amongst several other uses. A Rain Barrel Rebate Form (located on the left) is required to be submitted to the Administration Department in order to receive a rebate. Please call the Administration Department at (434)977-4511 for more program details.
Free Water Conservation Kits- Our Administration Department provides free water conservation kits to customers who come by requesting one. Conservation kits may include water saving showerheads, water saving faucet aerators, shower timers, water displacement bags, toilet dye kits to check for leaks, and tips for conserving. Updating old fixtures saves water and money. Consider that a conventional faucet uses up to 7 gallons per minute (gpm) and by simply adding an aerator this can be reduced to 1.5 to 2.5 gpm. Installing low-flow showerheads also saves. A conventional showerhead uses up to 8 gpm, while low-flow types provide the same feeling of wetness with just 2.5 gpm. Save water used for flushing the toilet by adding a water displacement bag to the tank. To pick up your free conservation kit stop by the ACSA.
Car Wash Certification Program- As a joint venture with the City of Charlottesville, the Albemarle County Service Authority’s Carwash Certification Program (CCP) aims to promote and recognize water efficiency in local businesses. Working with the carwashes, the City and ACSA have modeled a revised program after ones that have been established in San Antonio, TX and Denver, CO. In order to achieve certification, each carwash facility must meet certain criteria, particularly in regards to the maximum amount of potable water used for each type of wash offered. For the facilities served by the ACSA, certification is also a requirement to remain in operation during any future drought restrictions.
The complete detail of the program can be found in Section 18 of our Rules and Regulations.