More Efficient Fixtures Can Save Water

(3BL/JustMeans) Conserving water is important in a world where some regions are water-stressed. One company understands water conservation and works to produce products that save water: Kohler Co.

Kohler was recently awarded the U.S. Water Prize for water conservation efforts by U.S. Water Alliance during its One Water Summit in New Orleans. The Water Prize is presented every year in five categories, including a private sector water organization. Kohler was recognized this year in private sector category for developing and promoting water-efficient products that meet EPA’s WaterSense efficiency requirements. Kohler has partnered with WaterSense since its inception, earning nine awards for its water-efficient plumbing fixtures, faucets and shower heads.

Kohler has developed over 700 new models of toilets, faucets, shower heads, and urinals since 2006 that carry the WaterSense label. Almost all Kohler products launched since 2010 meet WaterSense requirements. Kohler products have helped Americans save almost 140 billion gallons of water, avoid 3.5 million tons of greenhouse gas emissions associated with pumping, treating and heating water, and save over $2.3 billion on water, sewer and energy bills.

Kohler’s water efficient products include:

• The Highline Comfort Height water-conserving toilet which reduces water use by 20 to 70 percent

• The Exhale B90 showerhead uses 40 percent less water.

• The Purist single-handle bathroom faucet uses at least 30 percent less water.

Installing high-efficiency water fixtures could save up to 170 billion gallons of water a year in water stressed states, and could save up to 360 billion gallons of year a year nationally. In five water-stressed states alone (Arizona, California, Colorado, Georgia and Texas), there are over 13 million non-efficient toilets, making up about 21 percent of all the toilets installed in those states. Those five states represent 28 percent of the national population and 47 percent of all housing units in 2015. Toilets account for almost 30 percent of a home’s indoor water use, so they represent a main source of water use. Inefficient and older toilets use as much as six gallons per flush and are a big source of wasted water in homes. New and more efficient models use 1.28 gallons per flush or less.

Although toilets represent a big part of a home’s daily water use, other fixtures use water; replacing them with more efficient models would save significant amounts of water. By retrofitting bathroom sink faucets with WaterSense labeled models, billions of gallons of water could be saved nationally.

Water is a precious commodity, and should be conserved even in a areas with plenty of rainfall. Companies like Kohler that produce water-efficient fixtures make it easy for Americans to save water.

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