EPA touts a decade of WaterSense savings


epa_watersenseSince the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) WaterSense program was launched in June 2006, WaterSense-labeled products have helped Americans reduce their water use by 1.5 trillion gallons of water, the EPA reports. That’s more than the amount needed to supply every household in California with water for a year.

WaterSense and its more than 1,700 organizational partners, including the Irrigation Association and many irrigation manufacturers, have helped Americans understand the value of water and learn how to save it without sacrificing performance, according to the agency. More than 16,000 models of plumbing and irrigation fixtures have earned the WaterSense label since 2007, meaning they are independently certified for efficiency and performance.

In addition to water savings, EPA said WaterSense-labeled products reduce the amount of energy needed to heat, pump and treat water—a total of 212 billion kilowatt hours, or enough to supply a year’s worth of power to 19.4 million homes. EPA also estimated that WaterSense labeled showerheads, toilets, faucets, flushing urinals, irrigation controllers, and pre-rinse spray valves have helped Americans save $32.6 billion in energy and water bills.

Marisa Palmieri

Marisa Palmieri

Marisa Palmieri is an experienced Green Industry editor who's won numerous awards for her coverage of the landscape and golf course markets from the Turf & Ornamental Communicators Association (TOCA), the Press Club of Cleveland and the American Society of Business Publication Editors (ASBPE). In 2007, ASBPE named her a Young Leader. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Journalism, cum laude, from Ohio University’s Scripps School of Journalism.

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