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2014 WaterSense Partner of the Year

EPA Awards WaterSense Partners of the Year

2014 WaterSense Partner of the YearKohler, Home Depot and KB Home are among the companies to receive 2014 EPA WaterSense Partners of the Year awards for promoting water efficiency and helping consumers save 757 billion gallons of water.

Kohler received the 2014 Sustained Excellence Award — the highest level of WaterSense recognition — for the second year in a row for its water-saving technologies. One example is a dual-flush trip lever for tank-type toilets that makes selecting a smaller flush easier for those with dexterity challenges.

Delta Faucet Company, a three-time Manufacturer Partner of the Year, created an online faucet video gallery and website that featured WaterSense labeled products in more than 20 videos, collectively receiving more than 38,000 views.

HydroPoint Data Systems, another Manufacturer Partner of the Year, helped customers sustain their water savings in 2013 with the release of a Water Budget Manager tool that allows users to see, track and report a landscape’s water consumption and water bills after installing WaterSense labeled irrigation controllers.

The EPA recognized Retailer Partner of the Year Home Depot for the third time for its efforts to support rebate programs across the country for WaterSense labeled toilets, showerheads and irrigation controllers, helping consumers achieve more than $36 million in product markdowns.

Builder Partner of the Year KB Home won its fourth consecutive WaterSense Builder Partner of the Year award and introduced its Double ZeroHouse 2.0 concept to increase water efficiency and other resource savings.

All 2014 WaterSense Partners of the Year are listed here.

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2 thoughts on “EPA Awards WaterSense Partners of the Year

  1. The EPA has some wonderful ideas. They also seem to have some crackpot ideas, too.

    The City of San Francisco, is/was an early adopter of the EPA’s WaterSense toilets, of which the Stealth is one. The City financed the installation of about 16,000 of these “High Efficiency” devices with a financial rebate to the citizen/consumer.

    According to the manager of the San Francisco Wastewater Department, Tommy Moala, these “High Efficiency Toilets” (as the EPA calls them) don’t have sufficient flow of water through the sewer system to flush the waste. There are approximately 300,000 residences in San Francisco. Now, (no pun intended) there is a stink in San Francisco. And the City is pouring chlorine bleach in the sewer system in the amount of 12 million pounds a year to ameliorate the problem.

    Saving water is a great idea. Ruining one’s home and environment isn’t.

    I don’t own stock in a business related to water, plumbing fixtures, construction, architecture, construction or finance … I’m trying to say I don’t have a financial interest in what I write about at:


    There I have tried to chronicle the development of how these low water use toilets came into existence and the consequences of violating the laws of physics, because politicians think that’s a wise idea and have fooled the public into accepting the idea of stopping/limiting the use of an already renewable resource, water.

  2. Most low flow toilets use about 1.6 gallons of water per flush. That is in comparison to regular toilets, that may use roughly 3.5 gallons (source: Wikipedia). That’s about a factor of two difference. But with only 16,000 low flow toilets and about 300,000 households, the reduction in total sewer flow that is directly related to household toilets is only 50% * (16/300) = 2.6%. Furthermore, the total sewer flow is augmented by other household sources of drain water, including showers, laundry, etc. And since I haven’t even accounted yet for sewer flows from commercial sites (of which there are MANY in the city), it can be seen that the total reduction in sewer flow due to the use of low-flow toilets; is nearly insignificant.

    I hardly believe that San Francisco sewer problems stem from the use of low flow toilets.

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