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

Federal agencies are required 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, the Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) does offer procurement information for each of them. Learn about water use reduction.

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 Best Management Practice (BMP) #7: Faucets and Showerheads the Energy Cost Calculator for Faucets and Showerheads, and EPA 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.

For more information, see BMP #7: Faucets and Showerheads, the Energy Cost Calculator for Faucets and Showerheads  EPA 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.

For more information, see  BMP #6: Toilets and Urinals and EPA 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.

For more information, see BMP #6: Toilets and Urinals, the Energy Cost Calculator for Urinals, and EPA WaterSense.