By Maria-Jose Subiria
Conserve Georgia, a program created by Gov. Sonny Perdue, recently awarded TOTO USA, in Morrow, a Water Conservation Award, according to a manager for Conserve Georgia.
Sarah Dearman said TOTO USA received the award for its dedication to water conservation, including the development of more-efficient plumbing fixtures, ensuring the highest level of efficiency in its facility, and teaching its employees, the community and fellow businesses about water conservation.
Dearman said TOTO USA got the recognition through Conserve Georgia Awards, which consists of several award categories, including the Energy Conservation Award, Land Conservation Award and Natural Resource Stewardship Award.
"Georgia is blessed with abundant natural resources," said Perdue, in a prepared statement. "It's important to the vitality of our state that we protect these resources for the future. These businesses and organizations are leading the way in creating a culture of conservation, and it is my pleasure to recognize them for their accomplishments."
Dearman said TOTO USA was nominated by a group of water-conservation industry leaders in August. She said businesses can apply for an award, or be nominated by another party. "We will be accepting nominations early next summer," said Dearman.
Lenora Campos, a corporate spokesperson for TOTO USA, said environmental stewardship, which includes water and energy conservation, has been a part of the Japan-based company since it began operations in 1917.
TOTO USA is the world's largest manufacturer of bath products, she added. "The Morrow facility is really a showcase of water conservation," said the spokeswoman.
Campos said TOTO USA uses a sustainable manufacturing process to create its green-manufactured products. The sustainable manufacturing process also includes the crushing of imperfect and damaged china for road beds and other construction projects, explained Campos.
TOTO USA's green products include toilets that use no more than 1.28 gallons per flush, high-efficiency faucets with water flow at 1.5 gallons per minute and showers with water flow at a rate of 1.75 gallons per minute, she said.
"We are very passionate about using our resources efficiently," added Campos, during a phone interview.
Dearman said Conserve Georgia was established in 2008, through the governor's office. According to Conserve Georgia's web site, www.conservegeorgia.org, the program is a partnership among the state's government agencies, residents, businesses, institutions and non-profit organizations.
"We want to provide Georgia citizens with a one-stop shop with all of the conservation resources available to them ... in the conservation effort," said Dearman.
She said the goal of this program is to assure that the abundant natural resources available in Georgia today, including water, land and wildlife, will be available for future generations.