Compendium of Product & Program Specifications
Products bearing the WaterSense label are generally 20 percent more water–efficient than similar products in the marketplace. The WaterSense label helps you identify high-performing, water–efficient products, and new homes, as well as professional certification programs that embrace and encourage the use of water–efficient design. EPA develops specifications that set outline the requirements that products and programs must meet to earn the WaterSense label:
For an overview of current and proposed national standards and voluntary specifications for a variety of water-using fixtures and appliances, please see the National Efficiency Standards and Specifications for Water-Using Appliances and Equipment (PDF) (9 pp, 168K, About PDF) table.
Notices of Intent
WaterSense has announced its intent to develop or revise specifications for the following product categories and programs:
- Water Softeners
- Soil Moisture–Based Control Technologies
- Flushometer–Valve Toilets
- Landscape Irrigation Sprinklers
WaterSense has issued draft product specifications for public comment and is working to develop final product specifications for the following product categories:
Final Specifications and Clarifications:
WaterSense has issued final product specifications and technical clarifications for the following product categories:
- Tank-Type Toilets
- Lavatory Faucets
- Flushing Urinals
- Weather-Based Irrigation Controllers
- Commercial Pre–Rinse Spray Valves
- Product and Labeling Clarifications (.xls)
WaterSense has issued a revised final specification for new homes:
Professional Certification Programs
WaterSense has issued final specifications for professional certification programs:
Certification and Labeling
The WaterSense Product Certification System guides the product certification and labeling process. To use the WaterSense label on products, manufacturers must first confirm their eligibility and become partners.
WaterSense has also developed a draft Professional Certification Program Labeling System, which will create and institute a common set of requirements for the WaterSense program specifications. The draft certification system is currently available for review and partner and stakeholder feedback.
The WaterSense Labeled New Home Certification System outlines the process and procedures for the inspection and certification of WaterSense labeled new homes. Builders interested in building new homes to the WaterSense specification and obtaining the WaterSense label must first confirm their eligibility and become partners. Licensed certification providers interested in certifying new homes for the WaterSense program must also become WaterSense partners.
Manufacturers, licensed certifying bodies, builders, and licensed certification providers must adhere to the requirements of all relevant final product specifications and technical clarifications, the relevant certification system, and the following program documents:
- WaterSense Program Guidelines (PDF) (35 pp, 232K, About PDF)
- WaterSense Program Mark Guidelines (PDF) (9 pp, 184K, About PDF)