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Steve Gordon is leading the effort to convince Congress to require that water saving devices be installed on all commercial hand-wash faucets in USDA inspected facilities. He will be exhibiting his automatic water controls at the International Poultry Exposition booth #7777. Steve Gordon welcomes a visit by CNN to discuss why the FARM bill needs to take solid steps to conserve fresh water a limited resource.

Breaking News – Vote may come as early as Wednesday; will water conservation efforts be addressed?

Clearwater, FL – Water conservation activists at INSTANT-OFF, a company that manufactures and distributes faucet fixtures designed specifically to save water, are working tirelessly to have just two sentences added to the upcoming Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act (FARRM), and they need help!

The current language in the 701-page FARRM Bill does virtually nothing to address water conservation issues. The bill has been passed between the Senate and the House of Representatives and has now reached the final stages in the Conference Committee. Needless to say, time is of the essence.

INSTANT-OFF water conservationists are seeking to add two sentences, which will enable U.S. agriculture processing facilities to save over 20 billion gallons of water a year at no cost to the government. This would be the most water savings in any industry in the U.S. within the past 10 years. The two sentences are as follows:

Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the Secretary of Agriculture shall require the use of water saving devices for hand washing stations and bathroom faucets at animal processing facilities inspected by USDA.  Such devices shall automatically shut-off the water flow when hands are moved out of the water stream and shall be proven to reduce cross-contamination caused by touching faucet handles.

It  is time to stop wasting water. Wasting water hurts the entire community.

There are hundreds of plants across America where the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) inspectors make processing plants leave the water running for up to 16 hours a day. This was occurring at the Natchitoches, LA Pilgrim's Pride Poultry Plant. Management convinced the USDA inspector to reconsider the long standing practice of leaving the water running full bore for 16 hours day. The inspector finally agreed to let the company install INSTANT-OFF water controls.  By shutting off the water when it wasn’t used, the plant saved 67 million gallons of water in just one year with only 28 automatic shut-off valves on USDA hand-wash stations. The company saved $109,729 with a $1,400 investment, a record setting four-day payback.

Steve Gordon, a determined water conservation activist is asking for voters to contact members on the Agriculture Conference Committee and speak out about the importance of water conservation at poultry, meat and agriculture processing facilities. 10 minutes of effort could help take a big bite out of wasted water.

20 Billion Gallons is a huge amount of water to save in one year. This is only possible because of the huge amount of water these industries waste each and every day. This must stop. The list of the Conference Committee members can be found on the INSTANT-OFF Water Conservation Facebook page, or emailed on request chelsea@INSTANT-OFF.com.

Please visit  www.INSTANT-OFF.com to learn more about their water conservation efforts. This is just the first of many industries we will be targeting for change.  Steve Gordon’s goal is that every commercial hand wash and bathroom faucet in America shut-off when hands are moved out of the water.

Written by: Chelsea Ettinger, INSTANT-OFF Environmental Communications