Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Does It Make WaterSense?

Whenever you're reading about being green and frugal, one of the first tips you may come across is to use a low-flow showerhead to conserve water. Well, Delta Faucet Company just announced that more than 50% of their showerheads and handshowers meet a new EPA WaterSense criteria. This means Delta's showerheads and handshowers that meet the latest specification introduced by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s WaterSense program on March 5, 2010.

The new WaterSense criteria – established to promote water efficiency in the shower, product performance and quality – require that the showerhead flow at a rate of 2.0 gallons per minute (gpm) or less. In addition, the company will continue to gain showerhead and handshower certifications, with the expectation that by summer 2010, 80 percent of its bath suites will feature an option to meet WaterSense requirements. With more than half of Delta bath suites containing products meeting the new criteria, seven feature a showerhead with H2Okinetic Technology that improves water efficiency by 40%, flowing at 1.5 gpm while providing the feel of an enhanced flow of 2.5 gpm.

To earn the WaterSense designation, a showerhead or handshower must flow at a rate of no more than 2.0 gpm, tested at a flowing pressure of 80 pounds per square inch (psi), and is tested against attributes to ensure performance and user satisfaction.

Have you tried one of Delta's new showerheads or handshowers? I'd love to hear about it!

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