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 water. 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 showers. "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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