Over 3.4 trillion gallons of water saved by Water Sense program, says EPA

By edited by Mary Elizabeth Williams-Villano

The agency praised its commercial and non-governmental partners for their support of the program.

The WaterSense program has been a resounding success, according to a press release by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

A partnership program sponsored by the EPA, WaterSense seeks to protect the future of our nation’s water supply by offering people a simple way to use less water by purchasing water-efficient products and services and building water-efficient new homes.

Launched over a dozen years ago, the program has saved more than 3.4 trillion gallons of water, or the amount of water used by all U.S. households for four months, according to the agency. It was accomplished by consumers, builders, retailers and public utilities selecting WaterSense-labeled products and building WaterSense-labeled homes.

WaterSense labeled products are independently certified to use at least 20% less water and perform as well as or better than standard models. More than 30,000 different models of toilets, faucets, showerheads, flushing urinals, flushometer-valve toilets, weather-based irrigation controllers, pre-rinse spray valves and spray sprinkler bodies had earned the label by the end of 2018. In the past year alone, those WaterSense labeled products have saved more than 725 billion gallons of water, according to the EPA.

The agency says WaterSense labeled products have helped reduce the amount of energy needed to heat, pump and treat water by 462.5 billion kilowatt hours — enough to supply a year’s worth of power to more than 44 million homes. Thanks in part to the energy saved by heating less water for showers and washing, the EPA estimates that WaterSense labeled products have also helped Americans save $84.2 billion in energy and water bills since 2006.

The EPA says these water, energy and cost savings would not have been possible without the support of more than 2,000 utility, manufacturer, retail, builder and non-governmental partners who have supported and created products, programs and promotions to help consumers and businesses use water more efficiently.

To learn more about the WaterSense program’s history and 2018 accomplishments, visit the WaterSense website.