Jun 20, 2011

EPA Administrator Tours Moen WaterSense Manufacturing Facility

Tour highlighted program's fifth anniversary

Last week, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Lisa P. Jackson toured the Moen Inc. facility in North Olmsted, Ohio, to commemorate the fifth anniversary of the WaterSense program. Moen is the 2010 WaterSense Manufacturer Partner of the Year. During the visit, Jackson was joined by Mike Bauer, president of U.S. Businesses, and Ed Fitzgerald, county executive of Cuyahoga County (Ohio). They spoke with laboratory employees and viewed the lab where Moen’s WaterSense-labeled products are designed and tested to ensure the plumbing appliances save consumers water and money.

“Americans want to conserve and protect our nation’s waters, which is clear not just in the priorities they express to the EPA and elected officials, but also through the products they buy and the decisions they make as consumers,” Jackson said. “For five years, EPA’s WaterSense program has empowered consumers to save money and conserve valuable water resources. We’re proud to see companies like Moen leading the way, creating jobs for American workers across the country at the same time they’re helping American families save money and protect the environment.”

EPA and its WaterSense partners have helped Americans save 125 billion gal of water and more than $2 billion in water and energy bills. By reducing water consumption, the program has reduced 6 million metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions.

WaterSense brings together local water utilities, governments, product manufacturers and retailers to promote water efficiency and enhance the market through innovation and product design for water efficient products, programs and practices. The program provides consumers with simple ways to save water and identify products that use at least 20% less water and perform as well as or better than standard models.