Kohler Wants Consumers to Think About Water-Efficient Products During National Kitchen and Bath Month

October marks 15th anniversary of national Energy Policy Act, tighter

standards for water-efficient products

Oct 01, 2007, 01:00 ET from Kohler Co.

    KOHLER, Wis., Oct. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- The kitchen and bath industry is
 buzzing as this National Kitchen and Bath Month marks the 15-year
 anniversary of the national Energy Policy Act, which created tighter
 standards for water-efficient products, such as toilets, faucets and
 showerheads. Now, low-flow water facuets have been added as the next
 product eligible for the EPA's WaterSense label.
     It was October 24, 1992 when EPACT took effect, lowering the national
 standard from 3.5 gallons per flush (gpf) to 1.6 gpf for all residential
 toilets sold in the United States. This new national standard reduced water
 usage, on average, by 20,000 gallons per year, per household.
     Since then, Kohler Co. has been at the vanguard of low-flow toilets and
 flushing technology, having developed several toilets that surpass the
 federal mandate by flushing with a mere 1.28 gpf. Some models are even more
 efficient, such as the KOHLER Highline(R) and Wellworth(R) Pressure
 Lite(TM) models, which use exactly 1.1 gallons. Kohler's focus on
 technology also led it to deveolp waterless urinals -- mostly used in
 commercial settings -- which effectively remove liquid waste without any
     Flushing toilets accounts for approximately 25 percent of a home's
 water usage, so replacing one toilet can save a lot of water.
     "Statistics indicate millions of households still use toilets that
 flush with 3.5 gpf or even more," said Rob Zimmerman, water conservation
 engineer, Kohler Co. "They are not breaking the law, but certainly have a
 responsibility to replace these inefficient toilets with 1.6 gpf or less
 model types, and in some cases, get a rebate for doing so."
     Faucents also use significant amounts of water, and Kohler has taken
 steps to reduce water-flow, while maintaining functionality.
     Consumers now can purchase WaterSense-listed faucets, which ensures the
 faucet is a water-efficient, high-performing product. Bathroom sink faucets
 bearing the WaterSense label will use no more than 1.5 gpm. If every
 household in America installed at least one WaterSense-listed faucet,
 aerator or faucet adaptor, collectively they could save more than 60
 billion gallons of water per year. WaterSense-listed faucet accessories --
 aerators and faucet adaptors -- will also be available from Kohler.
     The new MasterShower(TM) Eco showerhead and handshower help make
 showering, the fastest growing category in the bathroom, more ecological
 without sacrificing the quality of water coverage or temperature control.
 The 2.0 gpm -- as opposed to the industry standard of 2.5 gpm -- sprayheads
 reduce water consumption in the shower by up to 20 percent, which amounts
 to substantial water savings considering the ever-increasing popularity of
     "Kohler offers plumbing products that are specifically designed to
 conserve natural resources while remaining true to a singular level of
 quality for performance and design," added Zimmerman.
     Whether specifying plumbing products that help buildings become more
 water-efficient, reduce facility operating costs or accommodate the
 preferences of homeowners, environmentally conscious KOHLER fixtures and
 faucets address the challenging demands of customers and preserve one of
 our most precious natural resources.
     "Kohler wants to challenge homeowners to take a closer look at their
 water usage, both in terms of the products they use and the their bathing
 habits," said Ed Del Grande, host of Ed the Plumber on DIY Network.
 "Replacing an older model toilet with a WaterSense product, eliminating one
 minute from each shower and turning off the faucet while brushing your
 teeth can add up to significant water savings. And there's no better time
 than national Kitchen and Bath Month to get people motivated."
     WaterSense, a voluntary public-private partnership program, seeks to
 protect the future of the nation's water supply by promoting water
 efficiency and enhancing the market for water-efficient products, programs
 and practices.
     Founded in 1873 and headquartered in Kohler, Wis., Kohler Co. is one of
 America's oldest and largest privately held companies. Kohler is a global
 leader in the manufacture of kitchen and bath products, engines and power
 generation systems, cabinetry, tile and home interiors, and international
 host to award-winning hospitality and world-class golf destinations.

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