WaterSense (U.S. EPA)
WaterSense and You
High-Efficiency Toilets (HETs)
The WaterSense Program was conceived by the U.S. EPA in 2004 as a water-efficient product labeling program.
WATERSENSE TANK-TYPE HIGH-EFFICIENCY TOILETS
In 2006, WaterSense released its specification for TANK-TYPE HET’s. Today, 5,131 different TANK-TYPE toilet models meet the rigorous requirements of WaterSense and may be labeled with the WaterSense mark. The maximum flush volume of WaterSense tank-type toilet fixtures is 1.28 gallons (4.8 litres), with a special provision for dual-flush toilet models.
One of the more significant requirements is that WaterSense labeled high-efficiency TANK-TYPE toilets must meet a minimum MaP threshold of 350 grams of waste completely removed from the toilet fixture in a single flush (including toilet paper). The MaP search tool allows you to confine your search to WaterSense-approved toilets OR go here to view the full listing of WaterSense labeled high-efficiency TANK-TYPE toilets.
WATERSENSE FLUSHOMETER VALVES AND BOWLS – HIGH-EFFICIENCY TOILETS
The WaterSense Program released its specification for commercial flushometer valves and bowls on December 17, 2015. Since that release, a large number of both valves and bowls have been certified and listed to that specification. For the most up-to-date listing of MaP-Tested flushometer combinations, view our PDFs here:
….for WaterSense-qualified TANK-TYPE toilet fixtures.
….for WaterSense-qualified FLUSHOMETER toilet fixtures and valve
High-Efficiency Urinals (HEUs)
The WaterSense Program also qualifies and labels flushing urinals (fixture and flush valve) for commercial installations. The maximum flush volume for these fixture combinations is 0.5 gallons (1.9 litres) as called for in the approved WaterSense Final Specification for Flushing Urinals released in 2009. For supporting information on the specification, including background on its development, estimates of potential water savings, and the process for testing and certification of urinal products, read the 7-page statement from WaterSense.
The MaP listing of WaterSense HEUs (both certified urinal fixtures and certified flush valves) is periodically updated and is available for free download.