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Water Use Efficiency Program
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Water Efficiency Tips


This web site provides an overview of EPA's Water Efficiency Program which is primarily concerned with municipal water use. Efficient water use helps to reduce the need for costly water supply and wastewater treatment facilities, helps maintain stream flows and healthy aquatic habitats, and reduces the energy used to pump, heat and treat water. A broad spectrum of stakeholders, from homeowners to State governments, can find information here that can help them become more water-efficient.

Water-Efficient Products Market Enhancement Program

To view information on EPA's new initiative to promote water efficient products in the marketplace, go to the Water Efficient Products Market Enhancement Program page.

Water Efficiency Documents and Information

  • Statement of Principles: EPA's role in water efficiency.

  • Guidelines for Water Conservation Plans: The Safe Drinking Water Act requirement for the Guidelines, the process used to develop them, and electronic versions of the Guidelines in both HTML and PDF files.

  • Water Efficiency Tips: Learn ways to save water. This information is organized by sector,i.e., Agricultural districts, Municipal, Commercial, Industrial, Residential, and a separate page for Landscaping.

  • Drought Management: Why drought management is important, helpful tips, and links to a number of sites related to drought management.

  • Water Recycling and Reuse: Learn about water recycling and its many benefits.

  • Low Flow Toilets: Information on the performance, customer acceptance, water savings, and infrastructure cost savings of 1.6 gallon per flush toilets.

  • Publications: Documents relating to water conservation and efficiency, and how to get copies.

  • Related Links: Direct links to other useful sites.

  • Water Alliances for Voluntary Efficiency (WAVE): WAVE is no longer a sign-up partnership program. However, we still offer free water management software (pdf file). Three versions of the software are available: hotels, office buildings, and educational institutions (which also has application for military installations, office parks, research campuses, etc.). Call or email to obtain the software.

To learn more about EPA's Water Efficiency Programs, contact us:

Call (202) 564-0624 or (202) 564-0623

E-mail or or

FAX (202) 501-2396

Write to us at:
Water Efficiency Program (4204M)
U. S. Environmental Protection Agency
1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20460

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