Drought and Water Shortages

Water managers in 40 of 50 states expect water shortages within the next 10 years. California is the best-known example of a state dealing with severe drought conditions and water shortages. To help save water in response to current and projected shortages, Plumbing Manufacturers International (PMI) strongly encourages the purchase and installation of WaterSense toilets, showerheads and faucets.

Study Results: Much Upside Remains for WaterSense Market Penetration

Despite the urgent need to save water, consumers and businesses in drought-stricken states have been slow to purchase and install water-efficient toilets, showerheads and bathroom faucets, according to a study conducted by GMP Research, Inc., and commissioned by Plumbing Manufacturers International (PMI).

The GMP Research/PMI study found that only 5.5 percent of California’s 33.5 million installed residential and commercial toilets are high-efficiency toilets using 1.28 gallons per flush – the Environmental Protection Agency’s WaterSense® standard for toilets evaluated to be 20 percent more water-efficient than other plumbing products meeting federal standards. Despite the drought conditions in California, only 21.1 percent of bathroom faucets there meet the WaterSense standard of 1.5 gallons per minute (gpm) and 23.9 percent of showerheads meet the WaterSense standard of 2.0 gpm. The WaterSense program was introduced in 2006 to encourage the use of water-efficient plumbing products.

U.S. Drought Monitor

The U.S. Drought Monitor, established in 1999, is a weekly map of drought conditions that is produced jointly by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the National Drought Mitigation Center (NDMC) at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

The U.S. Drought Monitor is jointly produced by the National Drought Mitigation Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, the United States Department of Agriculture, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Map courtesy of NDMC-UNL.

What Can You Do?

You hold the key to saving water! Plumbing manufacturers have dedicated themselves to producing highly efficient products in a wide range of styles and prices. These products can be found in retail and wholesale showrooms across the country.

But product development is only a part of the solution. There are many components within the water delivery process responsible for ensuring that water is used in the most efficient way possible: consumer action (retrofitting inefficient products), consumer behavior (using products correctly) and supporting legislative/regulatory action including advocating for improvements to our nation’s aging infrastructure.

Did you know that the USA would save 3 billion gallons of water per day if all products were retrofitted to today’s efficiency levels?

Did you know that the USA loses 1.7 trillion gallons of treated water each year before it reaches pluming products through leaks in our nation’s aging infrastructure?

Our highly-engineered, water efficient products can’t save water until you act. Here are some examples of what you can do!

Water Efficiency Can Pay Off!

Many WaterSense partners offer water-saving rebate programs for WaterSense labeled products—such as water–efficient toilets, showerheads, and faucets—as well as water conservation services.

Use the EPA WaterSense Rebate Finder to see what money-saving rebates are available in your area.

California residents can access additional rebates via the Save Our Water Rebates Program.

WaterSense is Common Sense

Read our WaterSense is Common Sense brochure.