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Shaw Named Recycled Water Customer of the Year by WateReuse Associations California SectionAward; Recognizes the Companys Tuftex Division for Advancing Water Reuse

  (March 28, 2014)
Shaw Named Recycled Water Customer of the Year by WateReuse Associations California SectionAward; Recognizes the Companys Tuftex Division for Advancing Water Reuse

Santa Fe Springs, Ca. (PRWEB) March 28, 2014

Shaws Tuftex division received the Recycled Water Customer of the Year Award from the WateReuse Associations California Section during the organizations annual Awards of Excellence ceremony earlier this month. The award recognizes a recycled water user that has advanced the acceptance of water reuse through unique applications and/or innovative marketing, demonstrating how recycled water benefits the public and contributes to its business services.

Nominated by the Los Angeles County Sanitation District, Tuftex efforts increased its use of recycled water from an average of 25.9 percent (out of total water consumption) in 2012 to 59.4 percent in 2013, a savings of more than 63 million gallons of fresh water during the calendar year. Tuftex has continued to make strides in recent months, currently using nearly 80% reclaimed water. Shaws aggressive performance goals include water reuse to help drive the company toward an even lower-impact future. Shaw is working to reduce its water intensity 50 percent companywide by 2030.

Shaw is honored to receive the Recycled Water Customer of the Year Award and once again be recognized for our groundbreaking efforts to manage resources efficiently across our divisions and our physical operations, said Paul Murray, Shaw vice president of sustainability and environmental affairs.

Tuftex benefits from strong partnerships with forward-thinking municipal partners like the Los Angeles County Sanitation District, said Jim Cusick, director of manufacturing, Tuftex. Our progress benefits not only our environmental performance and bottom line but helps the State of California meet its goal for each municipality to reduce the use of fresh water by 20 percent by year 2020.

The recognition as the Recycled Water Customer of the Year Award adds to the list of awards that Shaw has received for its sustainability efforts in California, including the Central Valley Water Basin (Ca.) Industrial Use of Recycled Water Award, CalRecycle Reduction Award for successful waste-to-landfill reduction initiatives and Good Corporate Citizen Certificates of Recognition from the Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County.

The WateReuse awards ceremony was held during the WateReuse California Annual Conference, the premier statewide conference devoted to sustaining supplies through water recycling and desalination. The conference was designed for individuals, organizations, and agencies that are associated with or interested in the design, management, operation, and use of water recycling and desalination facilities and projects in California. The conference featured technical presentations, educational workshops, a technical tour, receptions, a plenary session about direct potable reuse, and an exhibition component.

About Shaw Industries
The worlds largest carpet manufacturer and a leading floorcovering provider, Shaw Industries Group, Inc. is a vertically integrated manufacturer that supplies carpet, hardwood, laminate, resilient, tile & stone flooring products and synthetic turf to residential and commercial markets worldwide. A wholly owned subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway, Inc. with more than $4.5 billion (USD) in annual sales and 23,000 associates, Shaw is headquartered in Dalton, Georgia, with salespeople and/or offices located throughout the U.S., as well as Australia, Canada, China, India, Mexico, Singapore and the United Kingdom. For more information, visit

About WateReuse Association
The WateReuse Association is a non-profit organization whose mission is to advance the beneficial and efficient uses of high quality, locally produced, sustainable water sources for the betterment of society and the environment through advocacy, education and outreach, research, and membership. Across the United States and the world, communities face water supply challenges due to increasing demand, drought, depletion and contamination of groundwater, and dependence on single sources of supply. WateReuse addresses these challenges by working with local agencies to implement water reuse and desalination projects that resolve water resource issues and create value for communities. For more information, visit

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