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
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
The urinals will
be available across in the country in a few months.
more information, visitwww.epa.gov/watersense.
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
EPA's WaterSense Label Available for First Commercial Building Product
October 20, 2009