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Plumbing Manufacturers International estimates up to 360 million gallons a day can be saved through Governor Brown’s call for a statewide rebate program
Rolling Meadows, Ill. – Recognizing the severity of the California drought and the call to action it demands, Plumbing Manufacturers International (PMI) announced its support of Governor Jerry Brown’s call for a statewide rebate program encouraging the purchase of water-efficient plumbing products, such as toilets, showerheads and faucets, to replace older ones.
“In California, the future is now – a time when steps to sustain an ever-precious resource must be taken,” said PMI Executive Director and CEO Barbara C. Higgens, who will be a part of a panel presentation on “The Future of Water” at an April 13 Water Week event in Washington, D.C. “As good stewards of the environment, PMI wants the public to know that using water-efficient plumbing products is an immediate action that can be taken to save water. There have been tremendous advancements in the technology and efficacy of plumbing products. Just as you wouldn’t use a 25-year-old cell phone, it doesn’t make sense to use 25-year-old plumbing technology.”
PMI has long encouraged the replacement, or retrofitting, of older fixtures with WaterSense toilets, showerheads and faucets meeting Environmental Protection Agency criteria. Widely available in stores throughout California and the nation, WaterSense products can save up to 360 million gallons of water per day in California alone, according to a PMI estimate. PMI and its member companies – which produce most of the plumbing products in the United States – participate as partners in the WaterSense program. “Using WaterSense products is common sense,” Higgens said.
WaterSense products use 20 percent less water than federal requirements
To earn the WaterSense label, plumbing products are independently tested and certified as using at least 20 percent less water than federal requirements while meeting performance standards. Available at a wide variety of price points and in a broad range of styles, these water-efficient products are now required by the California Building Code in new construction and renovations.
“A statewide rebate program will further water savings by encouraging comprehensive and timely retrofitting of older products in existing buildings,” Higgens said.
She said her organization looks forward to working with the Governor’s Office, the California Energy Commission and elected and regulatory officials to accomplish further water conservation while assuring public health and safety, product performance and consumer satisfaction.
PMI has a history of active engagement and support for California legislative and regulatory efforts to accomplish increased water efficiencies.