Water Efficiency

Approved March 2011, Reaffirmed August 2017

The undersigned companies, organizations, and public agencies reaffirm our support for maintaining national standards for the water use efficiency of new plumbing products, as provided by current Federal law. From diverse perspectives, we each have come to support this approach to reducing the costs of providing safe drinking water, treating municipal wastewater, and protecting our rivers, lakes, estuaries, and wetlands.

The drought now affecting several portions of the United States serves to underscore the need to make more efficient use of our water supplies. Even where water is not scarce, efficient plumbing products help consumers and communities hold down the rising costs of additional water supply and wastewater treatment infrastructure. Saving water also reduces the energy required to pump, heat, and treat water throughout the nation.

With over half of all indoor residential water use taking place in the bathroom, improved water efficiency in new toilets is central to most water conservation efforts. Several different technologies are employed in the latest generation of water-efficient toilets on the market today. Numerous reports have shown that the great majority of homeowners who have been surveyed are satisfied with the performance of these new toilets. Leading national consumer publications have highlighted many brands and models that meet their performance tests, and utilities that promote the installation of water-efficient toilets have received few complaints.

The rigors of the marketplace will drive even further improvements in the performance of plumbing products. However, the regulatory stability provided by current Federal law is very important to the U.S. plumbing industry. It allows businesses to bring improved products to a national market, rather than spend time and money designing products for differing flush volumes, flow rates, test procedures, certification requirements, and labeling rules, all of which could vary by state and local jurisdiction if Federal standards were repealed. Economies of scale -- an important factor in keeping costs to consumers low -- could be lost if this national market were to become fragmented.

Our message is straightforward: efficient plumbing products work, and efficient water use is an important national concern.

American Supply Association

American Water Works Association

Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies

California Urban Water Conservation Council

Natural Resources Defense Council

Plumbing Manufacturers Institute

and many others . . . .

Environmental, Consumer, and Civic Organizations: State & Local Agencies, Utilities, & Officials:
Alabama Rivers Alliance
American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy
The Bay Institute (CA)
California League of Conservation Voters
California Urban Water Conservation Council
Charles River Watershed Association (MA)
Clean Water Action
Committee on the Middle Fork of the Vermilion (IL)
Environmental and Energy Study Institute
Environmental Defense Fund
Friends of the Earth
Friends of the River (CA)
Green River Watershed Preservation Alliance (VT)
Heal the Bay (CA)
League of Women Voters of California
League of Women Voters of the United States
Michigan Environmental Council
Michigan United Conservation Clubs
Minnesotans for an Energy-Efficient Economy
Mono Lake Committee (CA)
National Audubon Society
National Wildlife Federation
Natural Resources Defense Council
New Hampshire Rivers Council
New Jersey Environmental Federation
Ohio Environmental Council
Parker River Clean Water Association (MA)
Prairie Rivers Network (IL)
Public Citizen
Santa Monica BayKeeper (CA)
Save San Francisco Bay Association
Silicon Valley Manufacturing Group
Texas Committee on Natural Resources
Trout Unlimited
Union of Concerned Scientists
US Public Interest Research Group
Water Supply Citizens Advisory Committee (MA)
Willimantic River Alliance (CT)
Plumbing Manufacturing, Wholesaling, & Installation
American Society of Plumbing Engineers
ASPE Research Center
American Society of Sanitary Engineers
American Standard, Inc.
American Supply Association
Aquacraft, Inc.
Crane Plumbing
Gerber Plumbing Fixtures Corp.
Kohler Company
Mansfield Plumbing Products, Inc.
Masco Corporation
Michigan Association of Distributors
Moen Incorporated
National Association of Service and Conservation Corps
National Association of Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors Plumbing Manufacturers Institute
Price Pfister
St. Thomas Creations
Sloan Valve Company
United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices Plumbing and Pipe Fitting Industry of the United States and Canada (AFL-CIO)
W/C Technology Corp.
WP Industries
Albemarle County Service Authority (VA)
City of Albuquerque
American Water Works Association
Association of California Water Agencies
Association of Metropolitan Sewerage Agencies
Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies
Atlanta Water Department
Austin (TX) Water and Wastewater Utility
Billings Public Utilities Dept. (MT)
Colorado Springs Utilities (CO)
Dallas Water Utilities
Delaware River Basin Commission
Denver Water
Detroit Water and Sewerage Dept.
City of Durham (NC)
East Bay Municipal Utility District (CA)
City of El Paso (TX)
City of Everett (WA)
Florida Section - American Water Works Association
City of Glendale (AZ)
Hampton Roads Water Efficiency Team (VA)
Harris-Galveston Coastal Subsidence District (TX)
Hillsborough County (FL)
International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials
Kansas City (MO) Water Services Department
Kansas Rural Water Association
Kansas Water Office
City of Los Angeles
Los Angeles Dept. of Water & Power
Manchester (NH) Water Works
Marin Municipal Water District (CA)
Massachusetts Water Resources Authority
Metropolitan Water District of Southern California
Municipal Water District of Orange County (CA)
New Mexico Office of the State Engineer
New Mexico Water Conservation Alliance
New York City Dept. of Environmental Protection
No. Carolina Section - American Water Works Assoc.
Orlando Utilities Commission
Pacific Northwest Section - AWWA
Phoenix Water Services Dept.
City of Portland (OR)
Public Officials for Water and Environmental Reform
Regional Water Providers Consortium of the Portland Metropolitan Area (OR)
St. Paul Water Utility
Salt Lake City Department of Public Utilities
San Diego County Water Authority
City of Santa Barbara (CA)
Santa Clara Valley Water District (CA)
Seattle Public Utilities
Shreveport Office of Water & Sewerage (LA)
Southern Nevada Water Authority
Springfield (MO) City Utilities
Tacoma Water (WA)
Tallahassee Water Utilities
Tampa Bay Water
Tampa Water Department
Texas Section - American Water Works Association
Texas Water Conservation Association
City of Thornton (CO)
Tucson Water Department
Upper San Gabriel Valley Municipal Water Dist. (CA)
Virginia Beach Department of Public Utilities
Water Conservation Alliance of Southern Arizona
Water Conservation Coalition of Puget Sound
Water Environment Federation
Western Urban Water Coalition
Wilmington (DE) Department of Public Works