WaterSense Labeled .
f lushing 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 (EPA), is
helping facility managers take a stand for water effi-
ciency by promoting urinals that use no more than
one half gallon of water per flush.
The WaterSense Label
EPA's high-efficiency flushing
urinals specification,
released in October 2009,
was the WaterSense pro-
gram's first labeled prod-
uct aimed at commercial
and institutional facilities.
WaterSense has also released
specifications for toilets, bathroom sink faucets,
showerheads, and single-family new homes, as well
as certification programs for irrigation professionals.
The WaterSense label identifies products that have
been independently tested and certified to use at
least 20 percent less
water and perform as
well as or better than
standard models. Only
flushing urinals that suc-
cessfully complete the
third-party certification
process can earn the
WaterSense label.
Savings With Every Flush
WaterSense labeled flush-
ing urinals will help
reduce water use in com-
mercial and institutional
restrooms while helping
to preserve the nation's
water resources.
WaterSense labeled flush-
ing urinals use no more
than 0.5 gpf and must
meet or exceed existing
standards for flushing uri-
nals.1 To ensure adequate
performance, they must also be tested for trap seal
restoration and flush effectiveness before they can
earn the WaterSense label.
For every urinal using 1.5 gpf that facilities replace
with a WaterSense labeled model, they will save
approximately 4,600 gallons of water per year. In
fact, an elementary school of 200 students retro-
fitting with WaterSense labeled flushing urinals can
save 36,000 gallons each year. Nationwide, if all
older, inefficient urinals were replaced, we could
save nearly 45 billion gallons of water annually.
That's enough water to supply more than 450,000
households for a year!
Look for the Label
Whether looking to reduce water in a new facility or
to replace old, inefficient fixtures in men's restrooms,
builders, designers, managers, and other specifiers
can look for the WaterSense label to identify high-
performing, water-efficient flushing urinals or visit
the WaterSense website at www.epa.gov/watersense.
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1 ASME A112.19.2/CSA B45.1, IAPMO, ASSE 1037
October 2010
(866) WTR-SENS (987-7367) • www.epa.gov/watersense • watersense@epa.gov
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