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Low Flow

A look at fixtures and appliances that can save you money, improve community health, and help the climate. And yes, your toilet will still flush.

Regardless of where one lives in the United States, public water supplies are increasingly unable to meet demand for healthy water or to treat the volume of wastewater they receive. Every day, Americans use water in toilets, showers, faucets, washing machines, and dishwashers. For every one of these points of use, there are both best-in-class and reasonable conservation targets for helping to trim water waste. In this article, contributing editor Sean Groom looks at the fixtures and appliances available now that enable consumers to use less water, including dual-flush toilets, pressure-assist toilets, more efficient washing machines, low-flow showerheads, foot-pedal faucet controls, and more efficient dishwashers. A chart provides federally mandated water consumption limits for fixtures and appliances, as well as the standards for WaterSense, the EPA's program for water conservation.

Low Flow
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