WaterSense Labeled Products on Shelves Soon
Consumers will soon find a new way to save water in the bathroom: with WaterSense labeled bathroom sink faucets and faucet accessories. Already more than 30 models have earned the WaterSense label since EPA released the final specification in October 2007, and by early 2008 these water-efficient, high-performing faucets and accessories (such as aerators) should be available in stores. Currently, Americans waste 60 billion gallons of water every year with inefficient faucets while performing daily tasks like washing their hands or brushing their teeth. That translates into $350 million in water utility bills and about $600 million in energy costs to supply, heat, and treat that water. WaterSense labeled bathroom sink faucets will reduce water flow by 30 percent with no sacrifice in performance or change in routine. Savings could be even greater for households replacing older faucets, which can flow at rates of 3 gallons per minute (gpm) or more. WaterSense labeled faucets are independently certified to perform as well as, or better than, standard faucets, maintaining good water pressure while not exceeding 1.5 gpm.