The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has released its first WaterSense specification for a commercial building product. WaterSense labeled flushing urinals will use 50% less water than standard urinals, saving businesses 4,000 gal of water per year for every model installed.
While current federal standards set the maximum allowable flush volume at one gallon per flush, an estimated 7.8 million urinals in use today are older inefficient models, according to the EPA. In addition to using no more than a half-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 enough water each year to fill an Olympic-sized swimming pool, according to the EPA.
WaterSense labeled products are independently tested and certified to meet 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.
WaterSense is a partnership program sponsored by the EPA, aiming to protect the future of the nation’s water supply by promoting and enhancing the market for water-efficient products and services.
More information: http://www.epa.gov/watersense
Source: U.S. EPA