Water conservation is a serious topic among lawmakers in nearly every state, especially landlocked ones or those suffering through extended droughts. California, Georgia and New York all now have requirements for how much water can flow through certain kitchen and bathroom fixtures to help conserve water.
There is a national program – the Environmental Protection Agency’s WaterSense – that aims to help all Americans use less water. It’s important to note that water conservation laws and programs are vastly different; laws require that everyone follow the same rules while programs are more about information and engagement.
Like the ENERGY STAR® label for residential appliances, products with the WaterSense badge let consumers know immediately they can use less water and save more money with a particular item. The program’s website confirms fixtures with the WaterSense label are at least 20 percent more efficient without a drop in performance.
Only eight states have enacted state standards for maximum allowed flow rates, and another three states have standards under consideration. The State of Washington already has efficiency standards on the books, and the Legislature there is considering more stringent flow rates.
The National Conference of State Legislatures website breaks down how laws are changing across the country. For a print-friendly quick look at the NCSL table, click here: