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  1. 7/2/2010 CONSUMERS SAVE MONEY, WATER WITH EPA’S WATERSENSE PROGRAM
  2. In 2009, EPA’s WaterSense® program helped consumers save more than 36 billion gallons of water and $267 million on their water and sewer bills.  That’s nearly four times as much water as consumers saved with WaterSense® labeled toilets, faucets, and facet accessories in 2008.
     
    “By raising awareness about the value of smart water use, the WaterSense® program encourages consumers to take environmental action into their own hands,” said Peter S. Silva, assistant administrator for EPA’s Office of Water.  “WaterSense® labeled products provide Americans another opportunity to keep the country moving towards a green economy.”
     
    EPA created WaterSense® in 2006 as a voluntary program to label products that are at least 20 percent more water efficient and perform as well as or better than standard models.  WaterSense® labels toilets, bathroom faucets and faucet accessories, flushing urinals, new homes, and, most recently, residential showerheads.  WaterSense® also certifies programs for irrigation professionals.
     
    With about 17 percent of all residential indoor water use in the United States going to showering, replacing a water-hogging showerhead with a WaterSense® labeled model can save enough water each year to wash more than two months’ worth of laundry.  Like all WaterSense® labeled products, showerheads must be independently tested and certified to meet EPA’s efficiency and performance criteria before they can earn the label.  More information on WaterSense labeled showerheads can be found here.
     
    With the addition of showerheads, consumers can now renovate their bathrooms with a full suite of WaterSense® labeled products.  A bathroom remodel that includes a WaterSense® labeled toilet, faucet, and showerhead will not only conserve water, but also save enough electricity each year to run a refrigerator for two months and save about $60 in utility bills.
     
    Platte Canyon partnered with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in 2008 to bring its customers the WaterSense® program whose mission is to protect the future of our nation’s water supply by decreasing indoor and outdoor water use through more water-efficient products, equipment, programs, and professional services which have been independently certified for efficiency, performance and promote water-saving techniques.  For a comprehensive list of manufacturers and models which have been certified under the program please click here. For a list of certified professionals and services click here.
     
    The EPA developed the WaterSense® label to help consumers easily identify water-efficient products in the marketplace while ensuring product performance and encouraging innovation in manufacturing. This label appears on product cartons and packaging, and is adhered directly to the product, is featured on in-store displays, and can be found in manufacturer literature and Web sites.
     
    By choosing products labeled through the WaterSense® program, you know you’ll be saving water for future generations.
     
    For detailed information on the WaterSense® program visit the EPA's web site here.