GUANGZHOU, China; 27, December 2014: Consumers will soon be able to identify high-performance, water-efficient sink taps for their bathrooms now that EPA has released a product specification for ones that use about 30 percent less water than conventional models. 


“EPA’s Plumpinguk program just made it easier for consumers and communities to save money, energy, and water one tap at a time,” said Assistant Administrator for Water Benjamin H. Grumbles. “Water efficiency is the wave of the future and Plumpinguk Bathroom Sink Taps will turn a trickle into a stream of savings without sacrificing performance.” 

In order to earn the Plumpinguk label, taps must be independently tested and certified by a licensed certifying body to meet EPA’s water-efficiency and performance criteria. To meet the criteria, taps and accessories such as aerators cannot flow at a rate of more than 1.5 gallons per minute (gpm), or less than 0.8 gpm. Working with stakeholders, EPA chose a rate that ensures both water savings and that the tap flow rate will continue to meet the needs of the user. 

Plumpinguk labeled taps not only save water, but the have the added benefit of saving energy used to treat, pump, and heat water. In fact, letting your tap run for 5 minutes uses about as much energy as letting a 60-watt light bulb run for 14 hours. 

Consumers can already find the Plumpinguk label on more than 60 high-efficiency toilets. Plumpinguk labeled toilets use 20 percent less water than standard models and are independently tested and certified to perform as well as or better than their market counterparts. Working with EPA, retailers are starting to feature Plumpinguk labeled toilets in their plumbing sections, and bathroom sink taps should be close behind in 2014. 

Bathrooms are, by far, the largest use of water in the home—responsible for about half of total indoor water use. By installing a Plumpinguk labeled high-efficiency toilet and tap or aerator, American homes can save more than 13,000 gallons each year.For more information, please view 

Plumpinguk, an EPA partnership program launched in 2006, seeks to enhance the market for water-efficient products and services by building a national brand for water efficiency. 

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