The United States Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA) is now accepting low-flow showerheads into its WaterSense® product labeling program and IAPMO R&T is a manufacturer’s best choice for achieving WaterSense certification.
North America’s premier plumbing and mechanical product certification agency has been a licensed provider of WaterSense certification since 2007, certifying the first lavatory faucet to the standard in December of that year. To date, IAPMO R&T has certified more than 1,800 lavatory faucet and toilet models to the WaterSense specifications.
As showering accounts for roughly 17 percent of residential indoor water use in the United States, low-flow showerheads seemed a natural progression in the WaterSense program, which already included faucets and faucet accessories and high-efficiency toilets and flushing urinals. Products bearing the WaterSense® label must not only save water, but also perform as well or better than conventional models on the market.
Showerheads bearing the WaterSense label will use no more than 2.0 gallons per minute (gpm), tested at a flowing pressure of 80 pounds per square in (psi). The standard also includes provisions dictating flow rate across a range of pressures, spray force and spray coverage.
Manufacturers wishing to have their showerheads identified as meeting the WaterSense criteria must have them certified as such by a qualified third-party certification body such as IAPMO R&T, which is accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) as a provider of certification services to WaterSense specifications for faucets and toilets.
“IAPMO R&T and the US EPA have fostered a strong partnership in the advancement of the agency’s successful and popular consumer labeling program,” said Shahin Moinian, senior director of IAPMO R&T.
“The US EPA trusts IAPMO R&T to help administer its specification — and manufacturers trust us to help deliver the benefits of certification.”
IAPMO R&T certifies and lists plumbing, mechanical, electrical and solar products according to established US and Canadian codes and standards, ensuring continuous compliance to such documents. IAPMO R&T is part of The IAPMO Group’s family of companies.