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find high-performing, water-efficient products. Millions of
Americans are saving water, energy, and money by installing
WaterSense labeled products in homes and businesses.
WaterSense Labeled Products
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WATER SCORECARD
Ratings and Resources for Multifamily Savings
Following the successful '1-100 scoring model of ENERGY STAR, in 2017 WaterSense and
ENERGY STAR worked together to release the EPA Water Score for multifamily buildings,
which property owners can use to assess indoor and outdoor water use. The tool rates
multifamily properties against similar U.S. buildings, using the ENERGY STAR Portfolio
Manager tool. In conjunction with the Water Score, the program also developed resource
guides to help multifamily property owners understand and manage water use and improve
efficiency. These guides suggest ways to save water and reduce utility costs in multifamily
bathrooms; kitchens and laundry rooms; irrigation and landscaping; and mechanical systems.
Spray Away Outdoor Water Waste
EPA completed its final specification for WaterSense labeled spray sprinkler bodies in
2017. Irrigation sprinklers are often installed where the system pressure is much higher
than recommended for the nozzle, which results in excessive water flow, misting, fogging,
and uneven spray coverage. WaterSense labeled spray sprinkler bodies integrate pressure
regulation, to generate the right amount of water spray and coverage and provide more
uniform distribution of water across the landscape. The average household using 50,500
gallons outdoors, operating at or above 60 pounds per square inch (psi), can save nearly
5,600 gallons of water and $60 per year in water and sewer costs annually by using
WaterSense labeled spray sprinkler bodies!
Modeling Program Management, Measuring Participation
In August 2017, the Office of Inspector General (OIG) published a report, "EPA's Voluntary WaterSense Program
Demonstrated Success," which called WaterSense a sound model for voluntary programs. The report highlighted
WaterSense's program management, return on investment, and broad partner and consumer support. WaterSense
is also working to address a suggestion that the program ensure more accurate accounting of the number of
partners working to improve water efficiency
Partners Promote Fix a Leak Week
During Fix a Leak Week 2017, the City
of Fort Worth (Texas) hosted a pilot
outreach program focused on the city's
Hispanic community. In conjunction
with WaterSense, the city posted and
distributed information cards inspired
by Loteria, the traditional Mexican
game of chance that is played much like bingo. Each card featured a
Loteria-style graphic, along with a message about finding and fixing
leaks: "Revisa, Ajusta, Remplaza" (check, adjust, replace). More than 1.4
million people were reached on the first day of Fix a Leak Week, thanks
in large part to the more than 800 tweets and retweets that went
out during the #FixaLeak Twitter party hosted in 2017 by the Arizona
Municipal Water Users Association (AMWUA).
PHONE (866) WTR-SENS (987-7367) WEBSITE www.epa.gov/watersense EMAIL watersense@epa.gov
What's Next?
New Homes Version 2.0
In early 2018, WaterSense released a Notice
of Intent (NOI) to revise the specification and
certification requirements for WaterSense
labeled homes. By reexamining the process
by which homes qualify for and earn the
WaterSense label, EPA is looking to allow for
more flexibility in the technical requirements
and streamline the WaterSense homes
program to facilitate increased use of the
specification.

EPA-810-F-18-003
June 2018

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