Across the country, there is a growing urgency to conserve water whenever possible. Some regions have experienced water shortages and increased water rates. Using water-saving faucets, showerheads, and toilets is the best way to conserve water and save on utility bills. The National Efficiency Standards, published by the EPA, outline current standards for water efficient products and WaterSense labeled product standards.
Plumbing products that carry the WaterSense label have been certified to be at least 20% more efficient without sacrificing performance. The EPA created this national program to partner with water utilities, manufacturers, and retailers to encourage the use of water-efficient products and practices. WaterSense plumbing products meet the EPA's criteria for water efficiency and performance and help save billions of gallons of water each year in the United States.
Many cities and states have laws requiring water efficient faucets, showerheads, and toilets. Oftentimes, rebates are available locally. The EPA has regional offices that provide environmental information and services. Below is a a summary of some recent legislation by states leading the way in water conservation.
Texas requires water saving standards for faucets, showerheads, toilets, and urinals sold in the state. As of January 1, 2014, Texas (HB 2667) mandates all toilets and urinals sold in Texas must meet new efficiency standards.
Georgia's Water Stewardship Act (SB370) requires high efficiency plumbing fixtures for both residential and commercial installation as of July 2012. Faucets, showerheads, toilets, and urinals must be WaterSense certified and "any person who installs any toilet, faucet, urinal, or showerhead in violation of this code section shall be guilty of a misdemeanor."
**Except those designed for prisons or mental health facilities, these facilities have specially-designed toilets and urinals to address security and health issues.Back to top