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Members toured Hansgrohe Aquademie in Alpharetta



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Jason McNeely had participants feel the similarity of water power between regular showerheads and their low-flow showerheads. CAITLYN WALTERS/Staff. (click for larger version)

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Jason McNeely turned on a waterfall showerhead and explained how much water it wastes. CAITLYN WALTERS/Staff. (click for larger version)
October 29, 2013
ALPHARETTA, Ga. Several Chattahoochee Riverkeeper (CRK) members enjoyed a special tour and presentation at a South Forsyth company devoted to conserving water and reducing its carbon footprint.

Hansgrohe, a German-based company that designs, makes and sells showerheads and faucets, held a tour of its Hansgrohe Aquademie facility, 1490 Bluegrass Lakes Parkway, for Riverkeeper members on Oct. 19.

Jason McNeely, a Hansgrohe sales training manager, gave a presentation on their new low-flow inventions and took participants for a tour through the factory.

This in-house demonstration gave participants an opportunity to experience firsthand more than 30 of Hansgrohe and Axor's renowned shower products.

"Water has been our business for well over 100 years," McNeely said. "It is something we are very passionate about still today."

McNeely offered lunch and refreshments while CRK Water Policy Director Laura Hartt explained the reason behind teaming up with the company.

"CRK recognizes Hansgrohe as a leading manufacturer of efficient kitchen and bathroom faucets," Hartt said. "By investing in efficient plumbing fixtures such as those from Hansgrohe, you can save thousands of gallons of water each year."

McNeely said Hansgrohe has designed low-flow faucets, showerheads and toilets that exceed government standards.

The company is part of WaterSense, which is a partnership program that seeks to protect the future of the nation's water supply by offering people a way to use less water with water-efficient products, new homes and services.

"We are way ahead of the curve than most of our competitors just because we use less water," McNeely said. "We are kind of the poster child for being green as a manufacturer."

Hansgrohe developed air injection technology, which injects air into the water so that "at 1.5 gallons per minute, it feels like a normal showerhead."

The government restricts a maximum flow of 2.5 gallons per minute for faucets, 2.5 gallons per minute for showerheads and 1.6 gallons per minute for toilets.

Hansgrohe produces products that operate with the same quality, but with less water 1.5 gallons per minute for faucets, 2 gallons per minute for showerheads and 1.28 gallons per minute for toilets.

McNeely said the company's engineers and researchers work tirelessly to conserve water.

"We are probably the only company in the industry that does this," McNeely said. "We truly believe in what we are selling."

For more information, visit www.hansgrohe-usa.com or www.chattahoochee.org.

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