The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released its first WaterSense specification for a commercial building product. WaterSense labeled flushing urinals will use 50 percent less water than standard urinals, saving businesses 4,000 gallons of water per year for every model installed.

While current federal standards set the maximum allowable flush volume at 1 gallon per flush, an estimated 7.8 million urinals in-use today are older inefficient models. In addition to using no more than 1/2 gallon per flush, urinals bearing the WaterSense label must meet EPA’s performance requirements, ensuring they work as well or better than standard models.

In addition to businesses, schools can save by switching to WaterSense labeled urinals, says the EPA; a college with 10,000 students that installs WaterSense labeled urinals in its classroom buildings will save each year enough water to fill an Olympic-sized swimming pool.

All WaterSense-labeled products are independently tested and certified to meet rigorous criteria for both efficiency and performance. To ensure satisfactory performance, urinals will be tested for flush effectiveness and other measures before they can earn the WaterSense label.

The urinals will be available across in the country in a few months.

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Source: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency