The U.S. EPA has announced that the standards for its voluntary WaterSense program are sufficient.
The announcement follows America’s Water Infrastructure Act of 2018. The law required the EPA to consider reviewing and revising any WaterSense performance criteria adopted before Jan. 1, 2012 if necessary.
The review began in 2018 at the direction of Congress, according to CNN. The agency coordinated with the Energy Department, which regulates showerhead pressure.
“The industry realizes the importance of the WaterSense program,” said Dain Hansen, IAPMO’s Executive Vice President of Government Relations. “The program has garnered support from manufacturers, environmental advocates, SDOs, associations and professional societies across the country. To know that the program will continue is welcome news and we, along with the industry, will continue to be strong supporting partners of the WaterSense program and the entire EPA.”
Nearly 30,000 products produced by plumbing manufacturers have received the WaterSense label. These products are certified to be at least 20% more water efficient than products meeting the federal water-efficiency standard and to perform as well as or better than regular models.
“By maintaining the existing WaterSense specifications, EPA is ensuring responsible conservation of our nation’s water supply without adding unnecessary specifications or creating undue burdens on the economy,” said EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler.
According to the EPA, the agency will also engage with WaterSense stakeholders and the public to ensure that WaterSense products continue to help protect the nation’s water supplies while saving consumers money.