WaterSense Authorized
With the signing of the America's Water Infrastructure Act of 2018 on October 24, 2018, the
WaterSense program was formally authorized to promote water efficiency through adoption
of WaterSense labeled products and other practices. The law also requires EPA to review any
WaterSense specifications created before 2012 (see box below), WaterSense thanks its more
than 2,000 partners who have made the program a success year after year
Pre-Rinse Spray Valve Specification Sunset
In an example of how WaterSense successfully transforms the marketplace for water-efficient products, the U.S.
Department of Energy (DOE) adopted the WaterSense efficiency threshold and performance test for a national
energy standard covering commercial kitchen pre-rinse spray valves (PRSVs) sold in the United States. Therefore,
although the specification for WaterSense labeled pre-rinse spray valves was sunset January 1, 2019, facilities can
continue to ensure water savings and performance with PRSVs that meet the DOE standard.
Microirrigation Guides
WaterSense created two guides on microirrigation, a low-pressure, low-flow-rate type of
irrigation technology. By delivering water directly to the root zone of plants, microirrigation
(also known as "drip irrigation") can reduce overwatering, prevent runoff, and reduce
evaporation. The guides provide design, installation, and maintenance tips, to help
homeowners and irrigation professionals maximize outdoor water savings while enhancing
the health and beauty of the landscape.
Your Better Bathroom
Together with its partners, WaterSense launched the Your Better
Bathroom campaign to demonstrate the wide variety of WaterSense
labeled plumbing fixtures available in hundreds of styles, colors, price
points, and features to fit any design aesthetic and budget. Not only
do these fixtures look great, but they perform well and save consumers
water, energy, and money on utility bills. WaterSense also created three
"bath hack" videos to show simple ways to save water in the bathroom.
WaterSense Homes Program
Version 2.0
To better reflect today's green building market and build upon the
success of its WaterSense labeled homes program that began in 2009,
EPA began working on Version 2.0 of its WaterSense Labeled Homes
Program in 2018. The homes specification and certification system are
being revised to increase flexibility in meeting WaterSense's technical
requirements without compromising a home's water efficiency or
performance. To earn the WaterSense label, homes will be required to
have WaterSense labeled plumbing products installed and be at least
30 percent more water-efficient than typical new home construction.
PHONE (866) WTR-SENS (987-7367) WEBSITE www.epa.gov/watersense EMAIL watersense@epa.gov
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Revisiting Specifications
As required by the America's Water
Infrastructure Act of 2018, EPA is
reviewing existing WaterSense product
specifications for tank-type toilets,
flushing urinals, bathroom faucets,
showerheads, and irrigation controllers
for potential Improvements to water
efficiency and/or product performance.
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