Advanced Water Conservation Technology Saves Water, Improves Satisfaction in 21-Home Retrofit Test
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Chattahoochee Hills, GA and Kennesaw, GA (February 9, 2010) — Low flow delivered high satisfaction with at least 25 percent in water savings for 21 homeowners in two suburban Atlanta communities who volunteered to replace their existing plumbing products with high-efficiency WaterSense®-certified models.
If it comes as a surprise that people are finally happy with low-flow toilets that was the point of this mass retrofit last fall that included 71 bathrooms. “We want to convince homeowners, building professionals and legislators that water conservation doesn’t mean sacrifice,” said Tommy Linstroth, (LEED-AP), principal at Savannah, GA-based Trident Sustainability Group who measured pre- and post-water saving results.
“We absolutely love our new fixtures. Our showerheads seem to have better water pressure,” reported Serenbe homeowner Dallas Nevins, two months after installation. “Since we have our new toilets, we have been ‘plunge-free.’”
“I can’t tell any difference with the volume of water in the shower and sinks which is great…I was afraid I would get a dribble,” said Serenbe homeowner Tom Reed.
Funding and products for the test were supplied by American Standard Brands to demonstrate that WaterSense-labeled products greatly enhance consumer satisfaction. WaterSense is administered by the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and modeled after the EnergySTAR® labeling program to help assure consumers that products will conserve and perform as promised. WaterSense toilets and bathroom faucets save at least 20 percent more water than current code, while the American Standard’s FloWise showerheads used in the test save up to 40 percent.
Most homeowner volunteers received the WaterSense-certified American Standard H2Option™, the first truly siphonic dual flush toilet where users select whether to use as little as 1.0 gallon of water or the maximum legal amount of 1.6 gallons per flush.
“For the first time ever, I can say that I love my toilets,” said Serenbe homeowner Sarah Richards. “I feel very empowered when I get to make a choice about pushing one button or the other. The suction on the H2Option dual flush is superb.”
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