In 2018, Ottumwa, Iowa, received the EPA Region 7 Pollution Prevention Award for the team’s work in water conservation. The Ottumwa team has been successful in reducing the gallons per head from 156.54 gallons in 2015 to 122.29 in 2017, a total volume reduction of 13.5 percent. The reduction in freshwater use helped increase production by 26 percent.
P2 is a successful, non-regulatory approach to energy conservation, water conservation, reduction of toxic materials used, and cost savings. This awards program is designed to further recognize P2 successes and encourage others to consider a P2 approach. P2 also emphasizes the reduction of direct environmental impacts and the use of resources and materials.