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Covered Product Category: Faucets, Showerheads, Toilets, and Urinals

October 7, 2013 - 11:23am

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Federal agencies are required by the Instructions for Implementing Executive Order 13423 to purchase U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) WaterSense labeled products where applicable. Faucets, showerheads, toilets, and urinals are covered under the WaterSense program. However, FEMP does offer procurement information for each.

Lavatory Faucets

FEMP suspended its product designation and purchasing specification for commercial faucets until further notice.

Plumbing codes and standards require a flow rate of 0.5 gallons per minute (gpm) for public lavatory faucets and 0.25 gallons per cycle (gpc) for metered faucets. There are currently too few products on the market with flow rates lower than these requirements. In addition, there is no documentation lavatory faucets with flow rates lower than 0.5 gpm and 0.25 gpc perform in a satisfactory manner.

FEMP continues to monitor market and research activity for commercial faucets and, if warranted, will reissue performance requirements and a purchasing specification for this product type.

For more information, see Federal Water Efficiency Best Management Practices for Faucets and Showerheads and Environmental Protection Agency WaterSense.

Showerheads

Version 1 of the WaterSense Specification for Showerheads went into effect in February 2010.

FEMP discontinued its product designation and purchasing specification for showerheads to avoid duplicating efforts and to simplify the Federal procurement process.

A water efficiency best management practice related to showerheads is available. For more information, see Environmental Protection Agency WaterSense.

Toilets

Version 1 of the WaterSense Specification for Toilets went into effect in January 2007.

FEMP discontinued its product designation and purchasing specification for toilets to avoid duplicating efforts and to simplify the Federal procurement process.

A water efficiency best management practice related to toilets is available. For more information, see Environmental Protection Agency WaterSense.

Urinals

Version 1 of the WaterSense Specification for Flushing Urinals went into effect in August 2009.

FEMP discontinued its product designation and purchasing specification for urinals to avoid duplicating efforts and to simplify the Federal procurement process.

A water efficiency best management practice related to urinals is available. For more information, see Environmental Protection Agency WaterSense.

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