LAWRENCEVILLE -- With water nearly as scarce as money these days, Gwinnett residents have been taking advantage of a water conservation class, aimed at saving both.
The latest of the county workshops is scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday at the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center.
"They are extremely popular because of continued reduced rainfall in our region, issues surrounding water availability from sources like Lake Lanier, and of course current economic conditions spurring a desire to save money every way possible," said Heather Moody, the water conservation coordinator for the county Department of Water Resources.
During the class, Moody plans to make sure customers can adequately read their county water bill, which has a three tier system to give the lowest price to people who use the least amount of water.
Homeowners can learn how to find out if pipes or fixtures are leaking, since a dripping faucet alone can waste nearly 500 gallons of water a month. And tips cover everything from how to make sure a new appliance is water efficient to how to plan landscaping with conservation in mind.
As part of the free program, attendees will receive a low-flow retrofit kit, outdoor water efficiency kit, do-it-yourself water audit guide and information on how to apply for the county's toilet rebate program.
The kits -- plus replacing an old, inefficient toilet -- could save a family of four more than $750 on water bills each year, Moody said.
Attendees may register by sending an email with their name, address and phone number to firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 678.376.6722.