Allen’s efforts in water conservation education for consumers and businesses recently won the city an Environmental Protection Agency award for the third year in a row, according to a city press release.
The EPA’s 2021 WaterSense Excellence in Education Award recognizes partner entities that have “gone above and beyond” in supporting WaterSense, a voluntary, federally-sponsored program that supports water-efficient products and water conservation education, according to the EPA’s website.
Allen was also recognized with the award in 2019 and 2020.
Parents associated with the Allen ISD are planning to refile a case in the Western District Court of Texas, adding themselves as plaintiffs to a similar civil rights lawsuit against Lago Vista ISD.
The WaterSense program works with manufacturers, retailers, homebuilders and utilities and other organizations to help communities consume less water.
Out of 34 award-winning organizations from across the nation, Allen and Plano were the only North Texas partners recognized this year.
Allen was selected because of its Water Conservation team’s efforts in promoting water conservation to residents throughout 2020.
Some of the city’s efforts highlighted by the EPA include:
Giving a presentation to more than 1,600 fifth graders during national Fix a Leak Week
A public library display promoting a variety of ways to save water
The city’s demonstration garden outside the Allen Public Library, which was recognized for the 2020 Small Utility Conservation award by the Texas Section of the American Water Works Association
A series of seven seminars focused on sustainable landscaping, held between January and March of 2020, which nearly 600 adults attended
After an in-person seminar was cancelled because of the pandemic, Allen videotaped and posted three presentations on sustainable landscaping online, according to the EPA. The presentations were also offered on a local cable TV channel.