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For Dedication in Helping Customers and Businesses Save Water Niagara®, the leader in high-performance, high-technology, water-saving toilets, accepted a 2021 WaterSense Excellence in Promoting WaterSense Labeled Products Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for its dedication to helping customers and businesses save water, even with the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic in Read more

For Dedication in Helping Customers and Businesses Save Water

Niagara®, the leader in high-performance, high-technology, water-saving toilets, accepted a 2021 WaterSense Excellence in Promoting WaterSense Labeled Products Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for its dedication to helping customers and businesses save water, even with the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020. This is the fifth award Niagara has received from the EPA for its water efficiency efforts.

Niagara was recognized for promoting WaterSense and water efficiency throughout 2020, during the WaterSmart Innovations (WSI) Conference and Exposition in Las Vegas, along with 33 other utilities, manufacturers, builders, retailers, and other organizations that partner with WaterSense to promote water-efficient products, homes, and programs.

“We are proud to be a WaterSense partner and have valued this relationship for over a decade,” said Carl Wehmeyer, CEO of Niagara. “Since our founding, Niagara has made water conservation and education around WaterSense and water savings a top property in our product development, sales and communications efforts. Being recognized for this work is a true honor.”

WaterSense, a voluntary partnership program sponsored by EPA, is both a label for water-efficient products and homes and a resource for helping consumers learn ways to save water. Since the program started in 2006, WaterSense labeled products have helped consumers and businesses save 5.3 trillion gallons of water—enough water to supply all households in the United States with water for 200 days! In addition to water savings, WaterSense has helped reduce the amount of energy needed to heat, pump, and treat water by 603 billion kilowatt hours and save $108 billion in water and energy bills.

“In 2020, our WaterSense partners continued to make saving water possible by educating customers and businesses about WaterSense and water-efficient behaviors,” said Veronica Blette, the WaterSense program manager. “Our award winners’ creative and committed approaches to water conservation helped consumers save water, energy, and money on their utility bills at a time when they needed it most.”

WaterSense honored Niagara as a 2021 WaterSense Excellence in Promoting WaterSense Labeled Products Award winner for touting and displaying the WaterSense logo and Niagara product’s efficiency statics in advertising and marketing campaigns within key industry publications, as well as industry trade magazines. In addition, WaterSense is a key feature throughout Niagara’s social media cadences, including content about WaterSense in infographics, social posts and beyond.

In 2020, as trade shows transitioned to virtual events, Niagara made it a point to include the WaterSense logo in most, if not all collateral. In addition, to demonstrate the WaterSense label properly, Niagara incorporates the logo and information on all spec sheets, product packaging, website, educational PowerPoints, as well as training materials for the entire staff and outside sales team.

In 2021, Niagara introduced four new toilet product suites with more than 100 SKUs dedicated to the traditional wholesale channel and designed with advanced technology, high performance and water efficiency.

Washington, D.C. — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced yesterday that it will not make updates or changes to the WaterSense program specifications, another successful step in IAPMO and its partners’ mission to ensure the program’s long-term viability. The announcement followed a review as directed by “America’s Water Infrastructure Act of 2018,” which includes strong Read more

Washington, D.C. — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced yesterday that it will not make updates or changes to the WaterSense program specifications, another successful step in IAPMO and its partners’ mission to ensure the program’s long-term viability.
The announcement followed a review as directed by “America’s Water Infrastructure Act of 2018,” which includes strong language officially authorizing the program in perpetuity. The law required the EPA to “consider for review and revise, if necessary, any WaterSense performance criteria adopted before Jan. 1, 2012.”
“By maintaining the existing WaterSense specifications, EPA is ensuring responsible conservation of our nation’s water supply without adding unnecessary specifications or creating undue burdens on the economy,” said EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler.
The EPA also announced it will engage with WaterSense stakeholders and the public to ensure that WaterSense products continue to help protect the nation’s water supplies while saving consumers money and performing as well as or better than regular models.
“The industry realizes the importance of the WaterSense program,” said Dain Hansen, IAPMO’s Executive Vice President of Government Relations. “The program has garnered support from manufacturers, environmental advocates, SDOs, associations and professional societies across the country. To know that the program will continue is welcome news and we, along with the industry, will continue to be strong supporting partners of the WaterSense program and the entire EPA.”
A true public-private partnership, WaterSense is a voluntary product efficiency labeling program that identifies efficient and high-performing water-consuming products. While EPA spends approximately $3 million a year to administer the program, it has saved consumers more than $33 billion in water and energy bills since the program’s inception in 2006. The program is widely supported across the building industry and has enjoyed bipartisan support on Capitol Hill throughout its existence. This support is not only due to the program’s successful outcomes, but also because of the quality and integrity of the products bearing the WaterSense label, which are the result of federal government oversight and third-party certification.
Modeled after the ENERGY STAR program, WaterSense seeks to protect the future of the U.S. water supply by offering consumers a simple way to make product-purchasing choices that conserve water with no sacrifice to quality or performance. Services and products earning the WaterSense label have been certified as more efficient while performing just as well as average products in the same category. Such products include toilets, urinals, showerheads, bathroom faucets, landscape irrigation controllers and pre-rinse spray valves.
IAPMO R&T is a leading provider of WaterSense product certification in the nation and has been a U.S. EPA licensed provider, accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), since 2007, certifying the first high-efficiency toilet (HET) to the standard in April of that year. To date, IAPMO R&T, part of The IAPMO Group, has certified thousands of such water-efficient products to the WaterSense specifications.
For more information about the WaterSense program, visit https://www.epa.gov/watersense.

For the second consecutive year, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recognized American Standard, part of LIXIL Americas, with a 2019 WaterSense Sustained Excellence Award for its heroic efforts to defeat water waste and promote WaterSense in 2019. American Standard brand received one of 25 WaterSense awards today at the WaterSmart Innovations Conference in Las Read more

For the second consecutive year, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recognized American Standard, part of LIXIL Americas, with a 2019 WaterSense Sustained Excellence Award for its heroic efforts to defeat water waste and promote WaterSense in 2019. American Standard brand received one of 25 WaterSense awards today at the WaterSmart Innovations Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada.

American Standard was honored as a 2019 WaterSense Sustained Excellence Award winner for its Beauty in Motion Tour, a “showroom on wheels.” The tour displayed several of the company’s innovative WaterSense labeled products. Comprised of 101 stops, the tour offered visitors water efficient alternatives for their home. Additionally, American Standard added several new WaterSense labeled toilets and faucets to its line of labeled products that are sold in 11,000 stores across the U.S., making impactful water savings accessible to consumers.

“At LIXIL, it is our priority to create a positive impact in the communities where we live and work. Producing water efficient products and supporting WaterSense is an important part of this contribution,” said Troy Benavidez, Vice President, Public Affairs, American Standard, part of LIXIL. “I’m proud to be part of a company that cares deeply about the social and environmental impact we have on the health and well-being of the world.”

Since 2006, American Standard and more than 2,000 other WaterSense partners have helped consumers save more than 3.4 trillion gallons of water. That’s enough water to supply all American households for four months. In addition to water savings, WaterSense labeled products in homes have helped reduce the amount of energy needed to heat, pump and treat water by 462.5 billion kilowatt hours—which is enough to power more than 44.4 million homes for a year, equating to a savings to $84.2 billion in water and energy bills.

“Our partners have made water-saving products, homes and programs accessible across the nation and have educated millions on the importance of water conservation,” said Veronica Blette, Chief, WaterSense Branch. “These WaterSense award winners are leading the fight against water waste to save our most precious resource.”

For more information about WaterSense, visit www.epa.gov/watersense.

A. O. Smith, a leading manufacturer of hot water systems for homes and businesses, has been named a 2019 ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year for its contribution and dedication to manufacturing high-efficiency water heaters. A. O. Smith’s accomplishments were recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy at a Read more

A. O. Smith, a leading manufacturer of hot water systems for homes and businesses, has been named a 2019 ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year for its contribution and dedication to manufacturing high-efficiency water heaters. A. O. Smith’s accomplishments were recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy at a ceremony in Washington, D.C. on April 11, 2019.

“It is such a huge honor to be recognized by ENERGY STAR® as a leader in the industry,” said David Chisolm, vice president of marketing for A. O. Smith’s North American water heater business. “Everyone at A. O. Smith works so hard to create environmentally savvy products and services that demonstrate exceptional energy efficiency, and we are thrilled to have the opportunity and a platform to make a difference.”

A. O. Smith recently partnered with ENERGY STAR®  to launch a contractor locator tool which connects consumers interested in upgrading to an energy efficient heat pump water heater to more than 1,000 loyal A. O. Smith contractors nationwide.

“I applaud the 2019 ENERGY STAR Award Winners,” said EPA Assistant Administrator for Air and Radiation, Bill Wehrum. “Their innovation and leadership enhance America’s economic competitiveness. Reducing costly energy waste improves air quality and public health while protecting the environment.”

A. O. Smith is consistently focused on driving innovation efforts through resources like its new Corporate Technology Center and emphasis on education. While many water heaters have earned the ENERGY STAR® designation, A. O. Smith prioritizes incorporating commercial-grade components into its residential models while maintaining high efficiency energy standards and reliability.

Each year, ENERGY STAR® acknowledges businesses and organizations that lead their industries in protecting the environment and demonstrate superior leadership, innovation and commitment to environmental protection through energy efficiency.

For a complete list of all 2019 ENERGY STAR Award winners and more information about ENERGY STAR’s award program, visit energystar.gov/awardwinners.