WaterSense  Labeled
                                        Flushing  Urinals
          Approximately 65 percent of the estimated 12
          million urinals in the United States are old
          and inefficient. While the current federal stan-
     dard for commercial urinals is 1.0 gallon per flush
     (gpf), some older urinals use as much as five times
     that amount!

     WaterSense®, a partnership program sponsored by
     the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, is help-
     ing facility managers take a stand for water efficien-
     cy by promoting urinals that use no more than a
     half gallon per flush.

     The WaterSense Label
     EPA's high-efficiency flushing
     urinals specification is the
     WaterSense program's first
     labeled product aimed at
     commercial and institu-
     tional facilities.To date,
     WaterSense has released
     specifications for toilets and
     bathroom sink faucets. Showerhead and single-fam-
     ily new home specifications are in the works.

     The WaterSense label, pictured above, identifies
     products that have been independently tested and
     certified to meet EPA's criteria for both water efficien-
     cy and performance. Only flushing urinals that suc-
     cessfully complete the third-party certification
     process can earn the WaterSense label.
                            Savings With Every Flush
                            WaterSense labeled urinals will help reduce water
                            use in commercial and institutional restrooms while
                            helping to preserve the nation's water resources.
                            WaterSense labeled flushing urinals use no more
                            than 0.5 gpf and comply
                            with existing standards
                            for flushing urinals.1
                            To ensure adequate per-
                            formance, urinals must
                            also be tested for trap
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                            flush effectiveness
                            before they can earn the WaterSense label.

                            Replacing just one older, inefficient urinal that uses
                            1.5 gpf with a WaterSense labeled model could save
                            a facility approximately 4,600 gallons of water per
                            year. Nationwide, if all older, inefficient urinals were
                            replaced, we could save nearly 45 billion gallons
                            annually. That's enough water to supply more than
                            450,000 households for a year!

                            Look for the Label
                            Whether looking to reduce water use in a new facili-
                            ty or to replace old, inefficient fixtures in men's rest-
                            rooms, builders, designers, managers, and other
                            specifiers can look for the WaterSense label to iden-
                            tify  high-performing, water-efficient urinals.
     1   ASME A112.19.2/CSA B45.1, IAPMO, ASSE 1037
September 2009
(866) WTR-SENS (987-7367) • www.epa.gov/watersense • watersense@epa.gov
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