Water Sense – A National Rating System for Water Effeciency

December 3, 2008 at 10:30 pm Leave a comment

I probably heard about this somewhere and ignored it, but water efficiency has it own government rating system, Water Sense. It is to water efficiency what and Energy Star Rating is to energy efficiency.

So what is Water Sense and why should you care?

It is important because it gives a defined standard that allows the consumer to purchase with confidence items and products to make the home or building more water efficient.  It has been mentioned in the news recently that potable water may be the next “oil” in terms of scarce commodities and that we should all do what we can to use less and to use what we must more efficiently.

Water Sense is a partnership program between the US Environmental Protection Agency and manufacturers to produce products that are compliant to the published standard.  At the Water Sense website (http://www.epa.gov/watersense/) you can find all about the standard, read about improvements to offered tools on water efficiency, and most importantly find rated products.  There is even a specific page for locating those items you are looking for to make your house more water efficient (http://www.epa.gov/watersense/pp/index.htm).

This program even has some recent news brought to us by Treehugger.com (http://www.treehugger.com/files/2008/12/vanguard_builds.php) where Vanguard Homes is going to build the first water sense complaint homes in North Carolina.

Excerpt: “WaterSense labeled new homes by Vanguard will be designed to be at least 20 percent more water efficient than homes currently being built under traditional standards, saving homeowners more than 10,000 gallons of water per year. These homes are designed to use significantly less water inside and out, through efficient plumbing fixtures, hot water delivery, appliances, landscape design, and irrigation systems. Via:Vanguard news release (pdf file)

I consider this very hopeful news and a giant step toward getting truly efficient buildings rather than just ones that concentrate on the current item that might be in fashion.

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