EPA Extends Comment Period on WaterSense Homes

WaterSense has extended the public comment period for the draft specification for single-family new homes an additional 45 days. The new public comment period will end on Sept. 4.

Comments should be sent to watersense-newhomes@erg.com. (Please note that all comments become part of the public record.)

The draft specification for water-efficient single-family new homes provides the criteria new homes will need to meet to be certified and labeled under the WaterSense program. The specification is designed to ensure not only sustainable, efficient water use but also a high level of user performance satisfaction.

WaterSense labeled new homes will combine WaterSense labeled products with other water-efficient fixtures and practices to reduce the amount of water used by approximately 20 percent. Homes must meet criteria in three areas: indoor water use, outdoor water use, and homeowner education. Third-party inspectors will certify that homes meet all of the required criteria. Homes meeting all the criteria will be given a WaterSense label.

For questions about the draft specification or joining WaterSense, contact the WaterSense Helpline at (866) 987-7367 or e-mail watersense@erg.com.

Information on the draft specification is at http://www.epa.gov/watersense/specs/homes.htm.

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