Over the course of a decade, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) WaterSense program has helped transform water efficiency from a drop in the bucket to more than than 2.1 trillion gallons of water saved through 2016. That is more than the amount of water used by all U.S. households for 75 days!
In addition to saving water, WaterSense labeled products save the energy needed to heat water used for cleaning, showering, and shaving. WaterSense has helped reduce the amount of energy needed to heat, pump, and treat water by 284 billion kilowatt hours — enough to supply a year’s worth of power to more than 26.3 million homes. This translates to $46.3 billion in water and energy bill savings.
In 2016 alone, WaterSense labeled toilets, faucets, faucet accessories, showerheads, irrigation controllers, flushing urinals, and pre-rinse spray valves, which are independently certified for efficiency and performance, helped consumers and businesses save 534 billion gallons of water. And for the first time in 2016, flushometer-valve toilets in commercial and institutional facilities became eligible to earn the label, opening up a path for even greater savings in 2017.
Together with its more than 1,850 organizational partners, WaterSense will continue to help Americans save water, energy, and money through WaterSense labeled products, homes, and programs.