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Showering is one of the leading ways we use water in the home, accounting for
20 percent of residential indoor water use. For the average family, that adds up
to nearly 40 gallons per day. That's nearly 1.3 trillion gallons of water used in
the United States annually just for showering, or enough to supply the water
needs of New York and New Jersey for more than 18 months! By retrofitting your
showerheads with WaterSense labeled models, you can save a considerable
amount of this water.
Did you know that standard showerheads use 2.5
gallons of water per minute (gpm)? Showerheads that
earn the WaterSense label must demonstrate that they
use no more than 2.0 gpm. The WaterSense label also
ensures that these products provide a satisfactory
shower that is equal to or better than conventional
showerheads on the market. The U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency (EPA) worked with a variety of
stakeholders—including consumers who tested various
showerheads—to develop criteria for water coverage
and spray intensity. All products bearing the
WaterSense label must be third-party certified to
ensure they meet EPA water efficiency and
performance criteria.
The average family could save 2,700 gallons of water
per year by installing WaterSense labeled
showerheads. Since these water savings will reduce
demands on water heaters, they will also save energy.
The average family could save more than 330 kilowatt
hours of electricity annually, or the amount it takes to
power a house for 11 days. On a national scale, if
every home in the United States installed WaterSense
labeled showerheads, we could save more than $2.9
billion in water utility bills and more than 260 billion
gallons of water annually, in addition, we could avoid
more than $2.5 billion in energy costs for heating water.
WaterSense labeled showerheads could save the average
family 2,700 gallons of water per year.
Whether you are replacing an
older, inefficient showerhead or
simply looking for ways to reduce
water use and utility bills in your
home, look for the WaterSense
label when purchasing
showerheads to help you identify
models that save water and
perform well.
In many areas, utilities offer rebates and vouchers that
can lower the price of a WaterSense labeled
showerhead. For more information or a list of
WaterSense labeled products, visit
PHONE (866) WTR-SENS (987-7367) WEBSlTEwww.epa.gov/watersense EMAlLwatersense@epa.gov
EDA EPA-832-F-09-012
OEITr\ October 2017