May 20, 2016

Commercial Toilet Earns EPA WaterSense Label

Toto flush valve and toilet are first to receive WaterSense distinction

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Toto, a plumbing manufacturer with $5.1 billion in annual global sales, announced its high-efficiency EcoPower Flush Valves and Commercial Flushometer Toilets are the plumbing industry's first to earn the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s WaterSense Label.

If a typical large office building with apprtoximately 2,500 occupants replaces its older, inefficient toilets and urinals with the WaterSense-labeled models, it could save more than 3.5 million gal of water and more than $31,000 in water costs annually.

"It is imperative that WaterSense certification extend to the commercial side of the industry with products that offer the same level of performance while saving water by using no more than 1.28 gal per flush," said Bill Strang, president of operations and ecommerce for TOTO USA. "Restrooms are a major source of water consumption in all commercial and institutional buildings, accounting for approximately 30 to 45% of their water use. To help reduce this, Toto is pleased to lead the way as the first plumbing manufacturer whose high-performance commercial flush valves and flushometer toilets are WaterSense-certified."

Toto's chrome flush valves—also available as concealed units—generate their own power each time water spins a small internal turbine when the unit is flushed. Stored in a series of capacitors, the auto-generated electrical energy powers the flush valves' sensor eye, microprocessor and solenoid. There is no need to hard wire them to a building's electrical system, which increases installation cost, or for routine disposable battery replacement, an ongoing maintenance expense harmful to the environment.

"We are pleased to see that Toto is the first WaterSense partner to earn the label for flushometer-valve toilets," said Veronica Blette, program manager for EPA's WaterSense program. "We're also excited by the energy-saving design of their labeled valves, which use the power of water to reduce energy use. It demonstrates Toto's commitment to both innovation and saving our planet's precious resources."

Toto enhanced its flush valves with advancements to improve its hydropower technology's effectiveness. The redesigned product is easier to install and its platform eliminates the need for daily use to power the flush valves' operation.

The 1.28 gpf, high-efficiency, commercial toilets, available in ADA-compliant floor or wall mount models, and flush valves are system engineered to work together for optimal performance and water savings in commercial environments.

"Our system-engineered, EcoPower flush valves and commercial high-efficiency toilets provide maximum performance and water savings in the most demanding commercial environments," said Fernando Fernandez, Director, Codes and Standards for TOTO USA.

Since its introduction, the EPA's WaterSense program has helped Americans save more than 1.1 trillion gal of water and more than $21.7 billion in water and energy bills. To identify high-efficiency products, visit the WaterSense product search page.