Specifying Water-Saving Products
June 18, 2009 - Contact FacilitiesNet Editorial Staff »
I’m Dan Hounsell, editor of Maintenance Solutions magazine. Today’s topic is, specifying water-saving products.
As facilities in the Western United States and parts of the Southeast continue to grapple with water shortages, policy makers are responding with guidance on specifying water-waving products and systems.
Last October the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released a final specification for high-efficiency bathroom sink faucets and faucet aerators. Manufacturers that produce faucets and aerators meeting efficiency and performance criteria set by the EPA’s WaterSense program can apply to have their products certified.
Waterless urinals are attracting more attention from managers in institutional and commercial buildings. Government agencies, such as military bases, NASA, national parks, and General Services Administration buildings, use waterless urinals that conform to U.S. Department of Defense standards.
Also, to make it easier to identify and specify efficient, high-performing urinals and capitalize on water-savings opportunities, the WaterSense program this month announced its intent to develop specifications for high-efficiency urinals. Once final, these specifications will make it easier to identify urinals that save water.
For more information, visit the WaterSense web site, www.epa.gov/WaterSense/