Caroma, Moen Recognized By WaterSense – Industry News – PMEngineer

Caroma, Moen Recognized By WaterSense – Industry News – PMEngineer.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s WaterSense program presented high-efficiency, dual-flush toilet manufacturer Caroma with its inaugural Excellence Award for Caroma’s number of WaterSense-labeled products in the marketplace — all 47 of its floor-mount, dual-flush toilet models, more than any company in the industry. The company’s award-winning Smartflush toilets surpass both the U.S. federal requirement of no more than 1.6 gpf for new toilets, as well as the North American high-efficiency toilet standard of 1.28 gpf. 

The EPA made the presentation at the WaterSmart Innovations Conference in Las Vegas during its second annual WaterSense awards banquet Oct. 6, co-hosted with the Alliance for Water Efficiency. 

“We are deeply honored and grateful to receive an Excellence Award, and we are proud to be a leader in the effort to preserve the world’s most valuable resource,” said Derek Kirkpatrick, Caroma North America’s general manager. “Caroma has been a tireless supporter of sustainable technologies for more than 70 years, and we look forward to strengthening our commitment to changing the way bathroom water is used and conserved.”



WaterSense Partners Of The Year Named

The EPA also named four Partners of the Year for their exceptional efforts in promoting water efficiency and WaterSense-labeled products. The WaterSense program’s more than 2,000 partners help save water for future generations by promoting water efficiency and WaterSense-labeled products. 

“These partners contributed significantly to our efforts to make WaterSense-labeled products a household fixture in 2009,” said Peter S. Silva, assistant administrator for EPA’s Office of Water. “They also helped consumers who purchased these products save 36 billion gallons of water and more than $267 million in water and sewer bills in 2009.”

The partners of the year are: 

  • Manufacturer Partner of the Year: Moen. Bathroom fixture manufacturer Moen earned the WaterSense label for all of its 267 bathroom faucet fixtures, ensuring availability of water-saving faucets for consumers at every price point, and garnered significant national media attention for WaterSense.

  • Promotional Partner of the Year: Cascade Water Alliance, King County, Wash. Cascade Water Alliance collaborated with retailers and plumbers to promote water efficiency in the Puget Sound region and rebated more than 3,000 WaterSense-labeled toilets for households and local businesses.

  • Retailer Partner of the Year: Lowe’s Cos. Big-box retailer Lowe’s launched a “Build Your Savings” program to help customers select products that save energy, water and money, winning WaterSense Retail/Distributor Partner of the Year for the second year in a row.

  • Irrigation Partner of the Year: Judy Benson of Clear Water Products and Services (Clear Water PSI), Florida.Benson educated businesses and consumers on outdoor water efficiency and encouraged other irrigation professionals in the central Florida region to partner with WaterSense.

  • To learn more about the WaterSense awards winners, visit

    City of Raleigh, NC WaterSense toilet replacement rebate program


    Stop flushing money down the toilet! Toilets can use up to 30 % of indoor domestic water usage; older toilets can even use up to seven gallons in one flush!


    The City of Raleigh is now offering WaterSense toilet rebates to ALL water customers of the following municipalities: Raleigh, Wendell, Garner, Rolesville, Knightdale, Zebulon, and Wake Forest. Toilet rebates up to $100, to cover the cost of each toilet, will be given for retrofitting an old toilet with an EPA WaterSense labeled toilets; installation fees will not be covered. WaterSense toilets are independently certified to be:

    • High Efficiency Toilets (HETs) using 20 percent less than the current federal standard of 1.6 gallons/flush
    • and of High performance quality

    To qualify, applicants must: 

    1. Be a residential or non-residential (commercial, industrial or institutional) customer of the following municipalities: Raleigh, Wendell, Garner, Rolesville, Knightdale, Zebulon, or Wake Forest 
    2. Be current in their bill and not owing past due fees.
    3. Record the measurements of their old toilet’s tank; these must be included in the application. Details are given in subsequent sections.
    4. Replace an old toilet, of 1.6 gallons or higher flush volume, with an EPA WaterSense labeled toilet. New toilet installations are not covered in this rebate nor are replacements for current WaterSense toilets.
    5. Include the original receipt(s) for the toilet(s) dated on or after April 4, 2009.
    6. Agree to a post-installation inspection to verify the toilet’s eligibility. Details are given in subsequent sections.

    * Rebate amount is determined by the cost of the toilet, tax included, with a maximum rebate of $100 per toilet. Installation fees are not eligible to be included for rebates. Rebates will be given as checks and not as credit on the water bill unless the water accounts are not current; then the rebate may be denied or given as a credit towards the water account.
    Old Toilet Information

    For verification of eligibility, and statistical and monitoring purposes, each applicant is required to provide the measurements of the old toilet’s tank.


    Lift the tank lid and take three measurements, in inches, from inside the tank:

    A. Depth of the Water Level (from the bottom of the tank to the water line)

    B. Length (inside the tank, left to right)

    C. Width (inside the tank,  front to back)

    To determine how many gallons per flush (GPF) your toilet uses, multiply the three measurements together and divide by 231.

    If you currently have a water-displacing item within your tank, measure the water level with the item in place and make a note of having a water displacer in the comment section of the rebate application.
    GPF = (Length x Width x Water Depth)/231

    Purchasing A WaterSense Toilet

    WaterSense toilets come in many colors, heights, varieties and styles including: gravity flush, dual-flush, flapperless, pressure assisted flush and more!
    Toilets are either sold as a one-piece toilet or a two-piece (tank and bowl); only the EPA combinations listed qualify for the WaterSense label. A list of qualifying toilets, along with more information about the WaterSense program, is located at; this list is updated periodically so stay tuned for new toilets!
    Remember to look for the WaterSense logo, pictured above, to ensure you are purchasing a toilet that qualifies for the City’s rebate program. WaterSense toilets are available at many are retailers including our Program supporters.

    What Application Will I Need?

    Is the applicant …

    1. Both the home owner and water account holder?


      NO, I rent or the water account is in the HOA’s name = OWNER-RENTER-HOA APPLICATION

    2. Business owner/manager?


    3. Plumber who provided a direct rebate for the water account holder?


    4. Property Manager?


    If there is any confusion about your eligibility, please contact the Public Utilities Department at (919) 857.4540.

    Verification of Installation

    The City of Raleigh reserves the right to inspect the installation of WaterSense labeled toilet(s) submitted for this rebate program. If the installation is provided by a licensed plumber, this inspection may not be necessary; however, THE APPLICANT MUST INCLUDE A COPY OF THE RECEIPT FROM THE LICENSED PLUMBER containing the following information:

    • Plumber’s contact details
    • Company name
    • NC license number
    • Installation date & location
    • Toilet’s brand and model numbers (must match the those on the application)


    All applicants must dispose of their old toilets properly. Toilets, from Raleigh residences, may be picked up for free as part of the City’s Bulky Load Pick-Up. For more information, call (919) 996-6890 or visit: Leaving the old toilet at the curb without calling for a Bulky Load Pick-up may result in a fine by the City. Applicants not eligible for this service will need to make other disposal arrangements.

    Rebate checks, and not credits, will be disbursed to approved applicants.
    These will be mailed to the address listed on the rebate application. Once an application has been approved, please allow 45 business days for the rebate check to be disbursed. Due to staff and resource constraints, not all applicants will be informed when their application is received or approved. Applicants will be notified when their application is unsuccessful or incomplete.

    Program Duration
    The program commenced April 7, 2009 and will be offered for one year or until rebate funds are spent. Program is subject to change or terminate at any time without prior notice. PENDING APPLICATIONS PROCESSED FOR THE REBATE PROGRAM AT THE TIME FUNDS ARE EXHAUSTED WILL BE DENIED AND THE APPLICANT WILL NOT BE ENTITLED TO REIMBURSEMENT.

    Warranties And Representations

    Documentation & Consents

    1. Receipts: Applications without receipts will not be processed.
    2. Written Consent: MAY BE REQUIRED when the applicant is:

    • Not the water account holder
    • A (residential or non) renter/tenant and not the owner
    • Licensed plumber who is not the water account holder



    1. Ensure accounts remain current.
    2. Obtain required consents.
    3. Record old toilet measurements.
    4. Purchase a WaterSense toilet(s).
    5. Complete the rebate application.
    6. Attach original/itemized receipt.
      City of Raleigh
      c/o Toilet Rebate Program
      One Exchange Plaza, Suite 620
      Raleigh, NC 27601

    Program Supporters
    WaterSense toilets are now available at our local program supporters: Home DepotFerguson Bath, Lighting and Kitchen GalleryCarolina Decorative Plumbing and Streamline Plumbing & Electric.


    The Story of Bottled Water

    The Story of Bottled Water by Madeline Ostrander, senior editor of YES! Magazine.

    Worried about what’s in your tap?

    That’s exactly what the water bottling industry hoped when it developed brands like Dasani, Perrier, and Poland Springs, which promise to be “natural,” “pure,” “clean,” even “sexy” alternatives to tap water.

    But the very companies that market those brands, like Nestlé and Coca Cola, are putting public water supplies in jeopardy in communities both in the United States and overseas. They’re selling us a product that is often not any cleaner than tap water, and is a lot pricier.

    Bottled water is a scam. The simplest way to understand why is to watch a new, short film released today by the creators of The Story of Stuff. Like its predecessor, The Story of Bottled Water uses simple language and surprisingly charming stick figures to walk you through the perils of the bottled water economy. “Bottled water costs about 2,000 times more than tap water,” says Annie Leonard, the film’s narrator and director. “Can you imagine paying 2,000 times the price of anything else? How about a $10,000 sandwich?”

    The Story of Bottled Water film still

    Bottled water often comes straight from the tap, sometimes with a little filtering, sometimes not. It is not necessarily safer. For instance, in 2004, the Coca-Cola company had to recall all of its Dasani water from the United Kingdom, after officials discovered the water exceeded the legal limit for bromate, a carcinogen. The Environmental Working Group recently tested 10 brands of bottled water—on average, they contained eight chemical pollutants, no better than tap water.

    But there’s something even more insidious about the way that the bottled water industry preys on our public water systems and tap water. Water is both the most basic of human needs and a product of nature. It can’t actually be manufactured, so bottling it up and selling it always means removing water from a public source. As the bottled water market has taken off, we’ve seen public water fountains begin to disappear. Meanwhile, citizens in rural towns have begun to take notice that water-bottling companies are trying to sell off water that actually belongs to them. Communities like Barnstead, New Hampshire have fought hard to keep Nestle from bottling and shipping away their local water.

    China’s Living Water Garden
    Photo essay: Chengdu’s most popular public park is is a 5.9 acre inner-city natural water treatment system.

    We’ve gotten used to thinking we have more than enough water to go around in this country, but it’s not true. According to experts like Peter Gleick, the United States is facing a water crisis that will only get worse in coming years. Already major water supplies like the Ogallala Aquifer and Lake Mead, which together supply water for millions across the Southwest and Great Plains, are in big danger of running dry. Climate change is going to alter everything we know about water—how much stays in our reservoirs, how much snow falls in the Sierras, how our rivers flow, and how much we have available to drink, irrigate our crops, and water our lawns. When we let a private company control, bottle, or sell our water—whether it’s Coca-Cola or the private water operator Thames—we’re giving up some measure of control over our health, environment, lives, and futures.

    In May, YES! Magazine will unveil a full issue about how to protect our water and keep it clean and accessible. You’ll read about radical breakthroughs in contentious Western water wars, about a community that bought its water back from private control, about farms that are learning how save water by taking care of soil, and about ways to get all the water you need, even if you live in the heart of the desert.

    In the meantime, you can celebrate World Water Day by watching The Story of Bottled Water, and read more about campaigns to protect water in our online and magazine coverage.

    Madeline Ostrander

    Madeline Ostrander is senior editor of YES! Magazine.

    Life, Liberty, Water by Maude Barlow
    A global water justice movement is demanding a change in international law to ensure the universal right to clean water for all.

    ecoTransitions Promotes EPA’s “Fix a Leak Week” March 15–21, 2010

    Marietta, GA—Because minor water leaks account for more than 1 trillion gallons of water wasted each year in U.S. homes, ecoTransitions is promoting “Fix a Leak Week,” March 15 through 21, 2010. Fix a Leak Week is sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) WaterSense® program as an annual reminder to Americans to check household plumbing fixtures and irrigation systems for leaks.

    “Leaks can add up to more than 10,000 gallons of water wasted at home every year—that’s enough to fill a backyard swimming pool,” said Andrea Paulinellli, CEO and President. “ecoTransitions is participating in Fix a Leak Week to help homeowners save money on their utility bills and to help save water in our community and for future generations. Atlanta may lose its rights to access water from Lake Lanier in 2012. If that is the case, Georgia must undertake the difficult — and costly — process of either living on less or finding more water. By replacing old, water-guzzling fixtures in our households, we can make a great start in reducing our indoor water use by up to 50 percent.”

    To help consumers here in Georgia and across the country save water, ecoTransitions and WaterSense are promoting ways to identify and repair dripping faucets, running toilets, and leaky showerheads. In most cases, fixture replacement parts pay for themselves quickly and can be installed by do-it-yourselfers, your favorite handy person, plumber, or WaterSense irrigation partner. Following are a few water-saving tips:

    • Reduce faucet leaks by checking faucet washers and gaskets for wear and, if necessary, replace the faucet with a WaterSense labeled model. 
    • Leaky toilets are most often the result of a worn toilet flapper. Replacing the rubber flapper is a quick fix that could save a home with a constantly running toilet up to 200 gallons of water per day. If the leaky toilet uses 3.5 gallons per flush, replace it with a High Efficiency Toilet and save hundreds of Dollars per year. 
    • For a leaky garden hose, replace the nylon or rubber hose washer and ensure a tight connection to the spigot using pipe tape and a wrench. 
    • Landscape irrigation systems should be checked each spring before use to make sure they are not damaged by frost or freezing. 

    If homeowners have to replace a plumbing fixture, ecoTransitions reminds them to look for the WaterSense label. WaterSense labeled toilets, faucets, and (soon) showerheads have been independently tested and certified to save water and perform as well as or better than standard models. For more information on Fix a Leak Week, visit




    About ecoTransitions Inc Located in Marietta, Georgia, near Atlanta, ecoTransitions is a supplier for WaterSense labeled Caroma Dual Flush toilets. These High Efficiency Toilets (HET’s) qualify for the $100 Toilet rebate available in most Metro Atlanta Counties.  On the Web: , Email:, Phone: (678) 313-9260.


    WaterSense, a partnership program sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, seeks to protect the future of our nation’s water supply by offering people a simple way to use less water. For more information on WaterSense, and for a full list of labeled products and WaterSense irrigation and builder partners, visit

    Local contractors rejoice as statewide Energy Efficient Appliance Rebate Programs

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    10 drinking water scams exposed

    The following information was provided by Pete Van Cleave, Water for Life

    Everybody is susceptible to being scammed, simply because they want to believe!

    Nowhere is this more obvious than in the drinking water business. Politics spawns a lot of lies in the water business since the government is responsible for making tap water. Franchising and exclusive territories also spawn lies.  The internet has spawned much nonsense, too, with it’s uncensored, wild west sort of approach to business. It is truly alarming to see the explosion of internet products claiming to infuse water with magical properties to cure all your ills. These specially altered waters claim to be superior because they’re wetter, oxygenated, clustered, enhanced, magnetized, energized, alkalized, vitalized, or some other pseudoscientific term.  These empty promises simply do not hold water.

    We always look for scientific and verifiable data from reliable third parties than can provide the proven facts about the various treatment technologies and how pure water works to support good health.  Education is the only way to battle bogus claims. I have studied water for 20 years and I stand firm in my commitment to bring you the very best possible drinking water and water purification systems based upon the best information available.

    Distillation is the only method to produce legally purified water

    Since 2002, it is one of three methods to produce legally purified water.  Competitors only selling one thing tend to defend it well, but also get their blinders on regarding other advances.  Biopure Everclean Reverse Osmosis also produces microbiologically pure water according to the NSF without electricity. We believe independence protects consumers best.

    Common Reverse Osmosis works as well as NSF Nano filter/Everclean Rinse Reverse Osmosis

    Common Reverse Osmosis systems degrade from day one like a filter does. Microbiological contaminants often migrate through the membrane or o-rings. Everclean Rinse Reverse Osmosis prevents the membrane from degrading and keeps the water 100% consistently pure. It costs more, but the value is there because the membrane does not have to be replaced like it does with common RO.  The NSF Nano filter technology gives a non electric system barrier protection against all forms of bacteria for those undergoing chemotherapy, organ transplant, or HIV/Aids.

    Throwaway bottles are not a problem because they break down in the landfill.

    There is an area of floating plastic trash in the Northern Pacific ocean that is twice the size of the continental United States. Experts tell us that dangerous chemicals from industrial waste stick to the plastics and enter the food chain as it is ingested by birds and marine life.  Americans bought about 50,000,000,000 plastic bottles in 2006 and the cost of energy and pollution is staggering! It takes enough crude oil to fuel 100,000 cars for a year to make a year’s supply of those plastic bottles. It takes 1000 years for these bottles to break down 100%.

    Energized, vitalized, living, hexagonal, activated, ionized, and restructured water is purported to slow aging, restore cellular balance, or raise consciousness, and promote world peace.

    All scams and hoaxes supported by testimonial evidence which only tries to take advantage of feel good placebo marketing. Absolutely no third party testing or science supports this.

     Oxygenated water enhances performance and post recovery workout.

    The grossly overpriced Penta water is priced at $15.00 per gallon.  Perfect water by Amway is priced at $36.00 per case. Infused with 30- 40% more oxygen than ordinary water, it is marketed on the premise that the body can actually absorb oxygen directly into the bloodstream via the digestive system. The only way to get oxygen into the blood is through the lungs.  Trying to get oxygen into your body from water is called “drowning”! Unless you have gills, there is no need to search out water with extra oxygen.  This is a case of pure fraud without physiologic foundation.

     Clustered water is the fountain of youth.

    Each year, university researchers on human aging bestow their annual “Silver Fleece” award on anti-aging quackery.  The 2002 recipient was “clustered” water. Water only really clusters when it crystallizes during freezing.

    Magnetic water can cure all manner of human ailments.

    There is no scientific evidence that water can even be magnetized in the first place.  This scam is at odds with the fundamental laws of physics.

    Advanced filters can protect you as well as legal purifiers

    Filters do not protect against microbiological or inorganic contaminants. They are often not changed properly, they break down, they dump, they channel, and they produce a declining level of performance the older they get. I often test the water coming out of them worse than the water going into them because they have no automatic shutdown devices.

     Cheap spring or national brand water in 16.9 oz bottles is the answer to tap water problems.  

    Teton Springs, Quibell, Lithia Springs, and Big Springs are all local springs that have gone out of business in Georgia in the past 15 years because they failed to protect their customers from microbiological contamination in their water. Crystal Springs, Dasani, and Aquafina have all been cited for contaminants in their water in the past 8 years. We have tested our water against Deer Park, Zephyr Hills, Nestle Pure Life, Crystal Geyser, and every cheap brand sold in the state of Georgia. They all test out with contamination higher than tap water.

    Municipal water systems are still keeping our drinking water safe.  Every system using chlorine contains the cancer causing agent trihalomethanes.  63% of waterborne illnesses in the U.S. are directly caused by Cryptosporidium and Giardia cysts, which are city water chlorine tolerant.  Flouride is ineffective and has serious health risks.  The American Dental Association is now warning parents not to use fluoridated water in the preparation of formula. After so many “boil water” alerts, chemical spills, broken water mains, and now AP’s pharmaceutical expose, Municipalities and states are now spending $63 billion dollars a year to try to keep up, but they can’t.  Legal testing requirements and repairs are currently routinely granted waivers. Many municipalities are using the exact same technology that has been in place for 100 years.  TDS levels, by my own testing are double what they were 20 years ago.  Standards are getting tougher as we find out new scientific facts and more contaminants are being discovered.  For example, in January 2006, the standard for Arsenic was reduced from 50 PPB to 10 PPB.  That means the previous standard was off by 500 percent! The distribution system is completely laden with problems: over 237,000 water main breaks in 2006.  The distribution system is coated with dangerous layers of mineral, biological, and chemical deposits that recontaminate the water as it travels in pipes from treatment plant to homes.  We now have over 2100 chemical contaminants in the drinking water that we can test for but we don’t. The EPA estimates there is a gap of $22 billion per year between what is needed and what is done. The fact is that in the next 30 years, every city water supply in the U.S. will reach or exceed it’s expected lifetime, costing the American taxpayer somewhere near $300 billion just to fix the underground pipes. 


    Pete Van Cleave

    Water for Life

    (770) 578-0600


    Save Water While Saving Money—Georgia Sales Tax Holiday Features WaterSense® Labeled Products

    If you’re planning to buy a toilet or bathroom sink faucet this fall, timing your purchase to coincide with Georgia’s sales tax holiday for WaterSense labeled products can help you save a little money. Between October 1 and October 4, 2009, customers will not have to pay sales tax on toilets and bathroom sink faucets and accessories that have earned the WaterSense label. Consumers can be sure that products with the WaterSense label have been independently certified to meet the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) rigorous criteria for water efficiency and performance. 

    Purchasing and installing WaterSense labeled products is a key way Georgians can save water. If just one out of every four households in Georgia would retrofit their bathrooms with WaterSense labeled bathroom fixtures, it could save nearly 10 billion gallons per year—enough for every Georgian to take a shower daily for about two months. 

    Whether remodeling a bathroom, constructing a new home, or simply replacing older, inefficient fixtures that waste money and water, consider installing a WaterSense labeled toilet or bathroom sink faucet. 

    As consumers shop for WaterSense labeled toilets during the sales tax holiday, they can be sure these fixtures use 20 percent less water than the current federal standard for toilets and that WaterSense labeled bathroom sink faucets and accessories will reduce a sink’s water flow by 30 percent or more. Because all products must be tested to meet EPA’s criteria before earning the WaterSense label, these water savings are achieved without sacrificing performance. 

    The sales tax holiday on WaterSense labeled products will start Thursday, October 1 at midnight and will continue through the weekend until 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, October 4.  Any WaterSense labeled product purchased for noncommercial home or personal use during the sales tax holiday will be Georgia state sales tax-free. 

    For more information on the sales tax holiday, visit Conserve Water Georgia.

    For more information on WaterSense, please visit

    For more information on WaterSense labeled, High Efficiency Toilets, please contact GA’s largest seller of the award-winning Caroma Dual Flush toilets, ecoTransitions. All of Caroma’s 47 floor mounted models also qualify for the $100 toilet rebate offered by most Metro Atlanta Water authorities. For more information, visit or contact them via email at or by phone at (678) 313-9260. ecotrans_watersense_partner logo