Good news for water efficiency is on the horizon. On March 4, EPA WaterSense division announced the final specification for showerheads. Manufacturers can now submit showerheads for testing to qualify for the WaterSense label. Consumers will soon be able to renovate their bathrooms utilizing a full suite of WaterSense labeled products.
If every household in the
installed WaterSense labeled showerheads, it would save Americans more than $1.5 billion on their water bills, and more than 250 billion gallons per year. That is enough water to supply more than 2.5 million United States homes with the water they need for a year. In addition, this simple change would also reduce the nation’s heating water energy bills by $2.5 billion. U.S.
Standard showerheads use a minimum of 2.5 gallons of water per minute (gpm). WaterSense labeled showerheads will have been tested and to demonstrate that they use no more than 2.0 gpm. As with all WaterSense specifications, EPA included performance criteria to ensure a good shower experience. EPA worked with a variety of stakeholders—including consumers who tested various showerheads—to develop criteria for water coverage and spray intensity. Independent laboratories test showerheads for these attributes before certifying them to earn the WaterSense label.
Whether they are replacing an older, inefficient showerhead or simply looking for ways to reduce water use and utility bills in the home, consumers can look for the WaterSense label on showerheads, faucets, aerators and toilets to help identify models that save water and conform to the WaterSense guidlines for quality and performance. EPA encourages partners and interested to help raise awareness about WaterSense labeled showerheads when they begin to hit the marketplace in April! For more information, please visit www.epa.gov/watersense.
If manufacturers have questions about joining WaterSense or having products tested for WaterSense labeling, please contact the WaterSense Helpline at (866) WTR-SENS (987-7367) or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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