Flushometer-valve toilets are typically found in commercial, institutional, or industrial restrooms, in such places as airports, theaters, stadiums, schools, and office buildings. These types of toilets have two main components—the toilet bowl and the flushometer valve.
To help commercial facilities become more water-efficient, WaterSense has issued its Notice of Intent (12 pg, 100K, About PDF) (NOI) to develop a specification for flushometer-valve toilets. Many of the older flushometer-valve toilets currently installed use 3.5 gallons per flush (gpf)—far more water than the federal standard of 1.6 gpf. With many of these models reaching the end of their useful life, replacing them with more efficient models could result in significant water savings. If commercial facilities nationwide replaced all of their older, inefficient and standard flushometer-valve toilets with high-efficiency versions, it would save an estimated 56 billion gallons of water per year.
Due to increased demands for improved toilet performance and a growing emphasis on water efficiency, manufacturers are producing high-efficiency flushometer-valve toilets. These toilets are designed to use no more than 1.28 gpf—a 20 percent water savings over standard 1.6 gpf toilets. In the future, EPA's specification will ensure that all flushometer-valve toilets that earn the WaterSense label will perform well while still saving water.
Additionally, on September 12, 2013, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Eastern, EPA will host a teleconference and webinar with stakeholders to discuss the NOI. Call-in and other meeting information will be emailed upon registering. Meeting materials will be sent to registered participants via email closer to the meeting date. Please register if you are interested in attending this meeting.
Are you a manufacturer or retailer or distributor interested in partnering with WaterSense or finding out more about the development of flushometer–valve toilet specification? Please review the flushometer–valve toilet NOI for more information, or e-mail us with questions or comments.