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Ontario Helping Families Save Water

McGuinty Government Adopts WaterSense® Labelling

Tomorrow is World Water Day and 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 per cent less water. Using less water protects natural resources and reduces demand on water heaters so people save money on their energy bills.

Ontario manufacturers can now get water-efficient products certified and labelled for consumers under the program.

Water-efficiency labeling 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.

Quick Facts

  • The WaterSense program, created by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in 2006, is a water efficiency label that is similar to the energy efficiency label, ENERGY STAR®.
  • WaterSense focuses on water-using products that don't require energy to run while ENERGY STAR® 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 UK.
  • The average household could save more than 8,700 litres of water per year by installing WaterSense showerheads.

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“Clean water is vital to our well being and our prosperity. 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.”

Jim Bradley

Minister of the Environment

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