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EPA Administrator Tours WaterSense Manufacturing Facility to Highlight Products that Conserve Water / Consumers also save money with WaterSense

Release Date: 06/17/2011
Contact Information: Stacy Kika, Kika.stacy@epa.gov, 202-564-0906, 202-564-4355

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Lisa P. Jackson toured the Moen Incorporated facility in North Olmsted, Ohio to commemorate the 5th anniversary of the WaterSense program. Moen is the 2010 WaterSense Manufacturer Partner of the Year. During the visit, Administrator Jackson joined by Mike Bauer, President of U.S. Businesses, and Ed Fitzgerald, County Executive of Cuyahoga County spoke with laboratory employees and viewed the lab where Moen’s WaterSense labeled products are designed and tested to ensure 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,” said EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson. “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 gallons 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, protecting the health of Americans.

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 percent less water and perform as well as or better than standard models.

Water saving tips:

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Watch your water meter. To determine if you have leaks, take a meter reading and don’t use water in your home for two hours. If the reading has changed during that time, you may have a leak.
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Avoid watering the sidewalk. As much as 50 percent of water used outside is lost due to wind, evaporation, and runoff due to overwatering. Make sure sprinklers only spray on plants.
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Turn off the tap. When you are flossing or brushing your teeth turn off the tap. Leaving the faucet on could be wasting eight gallons of water while you are brushing.
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End wasted water in the kitchen. Scrape dishes with a rubber spatula instead of rinsing and run the dish washer only for full loads.
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Replace fixtures with WaterSense. When it comes time to replace an old plumbing fixture, look for a WaterSense label to save water and protect the environment.

Launched in 2006, WaterSense is a partnership program sponsored by EPA that seeks
to protect the future of our nation’s water supply by offering people a simple way to use less water with water efficient products, new homes and services. More than 2,300 partners have produced and promoted 3,700 different models of WaterSense labeled toilets, faucets, showerheads, flushing urinals, and new homes. Nearly 53 million products have earned the WaterSense label to date.

More information about WaterSense:
http://www.epa.gov/watersense

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