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UPDATE: Madison residents can get a free, new water-saving showerhead

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UPDATE (WKOW) -- Madison Water Utility is still looking to give away hundreds of showerheads to cut back on water use in the city.

The utility hosted a free showerhead giveaway Saturday and about 400 people showed upto get a free, high-efficiency showerhead. About 940 are left. The EPA approved showerheads could save the average family 2,900 gallons of water in a year and more than 8 million across Madison.

Those who showed up say they want to help the environment.

"Not only are we benefiting ourselves but we're benefiting our community," says Virginia Mayo Black. "People seem to think that water is an unlimited resource and it's not."

You can still get one of the remaining showerheads starting Monday at Madison Water Utility's E. Olin Avenue offices. Just bring proof of residence to get one.

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By Julie Carpenter Lotz        Posted: Nov 18, 2016 8:35 PM CST

MADISON (WKOW) -- Madison Water Utility officials want residents to save water and energy costs every time they take a shower, so Saturday they're giving away 1,500 energy-efficient showerheads. 

The EPA says an average family can save 2,900 gallons of water - and the energy to heat it - every year with the right equipment.  

MWU says the WaterSense  showerheads use just one-and-a-half gallons of water per minute – a full gallon less than a typical showerhead.

Any Madison resident, (limit one per household,) can pick up a free showerhead at the Warner Park Community Recreation center Saturday between 9.am. and 1 p.m. The rec center is located at 1625 Northport Drive.

You need to bring proof of Madison residency or your Madison Municipal Services Bill.  

The High Sierra Classic Chrome Plus showerheads are made in the USA and constructed from solid brass and stainless steel. Company officials say their efficiency lies in a pressure regulator that works to keep spray strength consistent.  Check out the utility's Facebook page to see how the low-flow action works.   

A news release state it's the first time MWU has ever launched a massive giveaway aimed at reducing water use. The retail value of each showerhead is $47.95

Any showerheads left over after Saturday will be distributed at the utility's Olin Street offices starting Monday, Nov. 21st during regular business hours: 119 East Olin Ave., 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. 

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