EPA report finds more than 1.1 trillion gallons saved
WaterSense Partners Make a Whopping Difference: 1.1 Trillion Gallons of Water Saved
Consumers and commercial entities who invested in WaterSense labeled products have saved a combined total of 1.1 trillion gallons of water and $21.7 billion in water and energy bills since the program’s inception in 2006. That’s more than the amount of water all the households in Texas use in a year! Last year alone, WaterSense labeled products helped reduce water use by 346 billion gallons.
These savings are even more critical as parts of the country face extreme drought conditions. WaterSense labeled products are independently certified to not only save water, but to perform as well or better than standard models, so the savings will keep adding up for the long life of the product. What’s more, WaterSense labeled models are available in a wide variety of products, styles, and price points, so they can fit any fixture need.
By the end of 2015, more than 14,500 WaterSense labeled models of toilets, bathroom faucets, faucet accessories, showerheads, flushing urinals, weather-based irrigation controllers, and pre-rinse spray valves had been independently certified for efficiency and performance. In addition to water savings, they have helped consumers save 146 billion kilowatt hours of energy needed to heat, pump, and treat water, which is enough energy to power more than 13.3 million U.S. homes for a year. Reducing that amount of energy results in 54 million metric tons fewer greenhouse gas emissions—the equivalent of planting nearly 1.4 billion trees.
These savings would not be possible without the more than 3,000 water utilities, organizations, manufacturers, retailers, distributors, builders, and irrigation professionals certified by WaterSense labeled programs who have helped the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) create, educate, rebate, and communicate WaterSense labeled products to consumers. Builder partners have also helped consumers achieve even more water and energy savings in 449 WaterSense labeled homes since 2009. WaterSense labeled homes save as much as 50,000 gallons of water per year and $600 annually on utility bills compared to traditional homes.
You can even save water when traveling by selecting a hotel that has pledged to save water through the WaterSense H2Otel Challenge, which EPA launched in 2014. Since then, more than 40 recruiting organizations have encouraged over 800 hotels to ACT: Assess water use; Change water-wasting products and practices;