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FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif. -- Thanks to the environmentally
conscious members of the Orange County restaurant industry, a new
water efficiency program to help stretch Orange County's water
supplies has received an initial positive response from local
The water conservation program -- designed specifically for
restaurants -- offers free laminated tent cards for the restaurants
to place on their tables. The cards explain to guests the
restaurants' interest in helping conserve water for Orange County --
it takes eight glasses of water to clean one water glass -- and that
the restaurant will only be serving water upon request. This program
allows the guests and the restaurant to be environmentally aware
while reducing water use, lowering costs, and saving energy.
"With the less-than-average snow pack, low rainfall, and energy
problems this year, this program is very timely in helping Orange
County conserve water and energy," commented Jerry A. King, President
of the OCWD Board of Directors. "Sometimes we forget that we live in
a semi-arid region where efforts like this should be a part of
ongoing water conservation programs."
Sponsored by Orange County Water District, Municipal Water
District of Orange County, Metropolitan Water District of Southern
California and other local agencies, this water efficiency program is
being offered free-of-charge to restaurants throughout Orange County.
During the first week of introducing this program to Orange County
restaurant managers, nearly 200 restaurants signed up for the
program. As a leader in water conservation efforts, Orange County
Water District's goal is to sign up 25 percent of Orange County
restaurants by Summer 2002.
In addition to table tent-cards, participating restaurants are
also awarded certificates of appreciation to put on display
recognizing their water conservation efforts.
Restaurants interested in showing their environmental awareness
should call (714) 378-3221 for more information or to order the
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