John Koeller
Principal
Koeller & Company
Office 714.777.2744
Mobile 714.757.0679
Email jkoeller@map-testing.com
Bill Gauley
Principal
Gauley Associates, LTD.
Email bill@gauley.ca

WaterSense (U.S. EPA)

WaterSense and You


High-Efficiency Toilets (HETs)

The WaterSense Program was conceived by the U.S. EPA in 2004 as a water-efficient product labeling program. 

WATERSENSE TANK-TYPE HIGH-EFFICIENCY TOILETS

In 2006, WaterSense released its specification for TANK-TYPE HET’s.  Today, 2,865 different TANK-TYPE toilet models meet the rigorous requirements of WaterSense and may be labeled with the WaterSense mark.  The maximum flush volume of WaterSense tank-type toilet fixtures is 1.28 gallons (4.8 litres), with a special provision for dual-flush toilet models.

One of the more significant requirements is that WaterSense labeled high-efficiency TANK-TYPE toilets must meet a minimum MaP threshold of 350 grams of waste completely removed from the toilet fixture in a single flush (including toilet paper).  The MaP search tool allows you to confine your search to WaterSense-approved toilets  OR  go here to view the full listing of WaterSense labeled high-efficiency TANK-TYPE toilets.

WATERSENSE FLUSHOMETER VALVES AND BOWLS - HIGH-EFFICIENCY TOILETS

The WaterSense Program released its specification for commercial flushometer valves and bowls on December 17, 2015.  Since that release, a large number of both valves and bowls have been certified and listed to that specification.  For the most up-to-date listing, view our PDF here.


....for WaterSense-qualified TANK-TYPE toilet fixtures.
....for WaterSense-qualified FLUSHOMETER toilet fixtures and valve (Search tool coming in the near future)

High-Efficiency Urinals (HEUs)
 

The WaterSense Program also qualifies and labels flushing urinals (fixture and flush valve) for commercial installations.  The maximum flush volume for these fixture combinations is 0.5 gallons (1.9 litres) as called for in the approved WaterSense Final Specification for Flushing Urinals released in 2009.  For supporting information on the specification, including background on its development, estimates of potential water savings, and the process for testing and certification of urinal products, read the 7-page statement from WaterSense.

The MaP listing of WaterSense HEUs (both the urinal fixtures and their companion flush valves) is periodically updated and is available for download from this page.