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Saving water while retaining function

Posted by Editor on December 9, 2014
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The Environmental Protection Agency has devised the WaterSense label for water saving plumbing products. Since more water is consumed in bathrooms than in the rest of the house, several companies offer bath products that conserve water without sacrificing performance. For toilets, this includes American Standard’s Cadet 3 Flowise high efficiency toilet and the 75th anniversary version of Kohler’s Wellworth toilet, which both flush with just 1.28 gallons, and Niagara Conservation’s Stealth toilet, which uses only 0.8 gallon per flush.

The Cadet 3 is an easy to clean one piece toilet with American Standard’s EverClean surface to inhibit the growth of stain and odor causing microbes. The Wellworth’s generous water surface keeps the bowl clean and reduces odor. Its versatile updated tank design complements a wide range of bathroom decors. The toilet relies on a standard three-bolt installation, ideal for adjustments and leveling, and its large toilet base covers existing footprints for replacement applications.

American Standard’s Flowise showerheads are engineered to deliver a drenching spray from only 1.5 gallons of water per minute. Their entire bathroom faucet line works on just 1.5 gallons per minute with no perceived loss in performance.
Combining a high efficiency toilet with water conserving showerheads and faucets lets homeowners save significant water and dollars without giving up any convenience, says Uhl.
Water savings can also be expected from Niagara’s high-efficiency, high power Tri-Max, Earth Massage and Soap and Soak showerheads. The non-aerating, adjustable Earth Massage uses a flow compensator to maintain even shower pressure and comes in both handheld and wall-mount models. Moen has 17 WaterSense certified showerheads in handheld, wall-mount and hand shower models. Available in needle and bubble spray patterns, Niagara’s bath faucet aerators have flow rates as low as 0.5 gallons per minute.

Steam baths like those made by Mr. Steam and Steamist reduce water use significantly although they don’t completely replace a shower’s cleansing function. A one-minute shower uses five times more water than a 20-minute steam bath which also consumes about 25 cents worth of electricity.
The use of recycled materials is another eco-friendly feature to please “green” consumers. Elkay’s stainless steel sinks use up to 60 percent recycled steel, while their antique copper hammered sinks and cast brass vessels are made of 100 percent recycled materials. Kohler’s cast iron tubs are constructed from 93 percent recycled and reclaimed materials.

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