WaterSense labelling adopted by province

Press Release

Ontario is helping families conserve water and save money by labelling water-efficient household products they can buy.
A “WaterSense” label identifies faucets, showerheads, and toilets that use 20 percent less water.
Using less water protects natural resources and reduces demand on water heaters so people save money on their energy bills.
Ontario manufacturers now can get water-efficient products certified and labelled for consumers under the program.
Water-efficiency labelling builds on Ontario’s expertise in clean-water technology, and makes the province a world leader in water innovation to help address global water challenges.
“Clean water is vital to our well-being and our prosperity,” said Environment minister Jim Bradley.
“We are giving Ontario families a new tool to protect this valuable resource for future generations.
“The ‘WaterSense’ label will make it easier for families to make ‘green’ choices when buying products that use water,” he added.
The “WaterSense” program, created by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in 2006, is a water-efficiency label that’s similar to the energy-efficiency label, “EnergyStar.”
“WaterSense” focuses on water-using products that don’t require energy to run while “EnergyStar” covers products that use energy such as dishwashers and washing machines.
On average, Ontarians use 260 litres of water per day—twice as much as countries like Germany and the U.K.
The average household could save more than 8,700 litres of water per year by installing “WaterSense” showerheads.