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EPA WaterSense Products Helped Americans Save Over 1 Trillion Gallons in 2023

Is money going down the drain at your facilities? The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced its WaterSense program has made it easier for businesses and consumers to save trillions of gallons of water.

In 2023 alone, WaterSense-labeled products helped save 1.2 trillion gallons of water. Since the conception of the WaterSense label, the EPA has helped save nearly 8.7 trillion gallons of water, which is the amount of water used by all U.S. households in a year.

WaterSense, a partnership program sponsored by the EPA, is both a label for water-efficient products and a resource for helping Americans save water. It is similar to the agency’s ENERGY STAR program for energy efficiency.

WaterSense-labeled products are independently certified to use 20% less water and perform as well or better than standard models. The program was launched in 2006, and there are more than 45,900 labeled toilets, faucets, faucet accessories, showerheads, irrigation controllers, and spray sprinkler bodies, as well as more than 10,000 WaterSense-labeled homes. Over 2,200 utilities, communities, manufacturers, home builders, retailers, and other organizations are program partners.

With an easy-to-spot label, WaterSense makes it easy to save not just water but also energy and money on utility bills.

“By reducing the energy associated with delivering, heating, and treating that water, EPA’s WaterSense program has also reduced a significant amount of greenhouse gas emissions,” said EPA Director of the Office of Wastewater Management Dr. Andrew Sawyers.

Since 2006, WaterSense-labeled products have helped save 997 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity in the United States—enough energy to supply a year’s worth of power to more than 92 million homes—and eliminated more than 379 million metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions, which is the equivalent of removing more than 90 million cars from the roads for a year. Using WaterSense-labeled products has also saved Americans $207 billion in water and energy bills over the past 17 years.

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