PSC Partners with EPA to Promote Water Conservation

MADISON – The Public Service Commission of Wisconsin (PSC) has partnered with the U.S.

Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) WaterSense program to help consumers conserve water for

future generations while reducing their water bills. This program is intended to decrease indoor and

outdoor water use by promoting water-saving products and efficient lawn watering practices.

“Communities across Wisconsin rely on our supply of water for their economic and recreational

livelihood,” said Chairperson Dan Ebert. “It is time for agencies such as the EPA, PSC and water

utilities, as well as businesses and citizens throughout the state, to work together on efforts to promote

water conservation so that Wisconsin continues to have a supply of water that supports economic and

recreational growth. This partnership is a big step in protecting our water supply.”

“The goal of EPA’s WaterSense program is to help Americans save water and money by offering

simple ways to reduce water use though water-efficient product choices,” says Sheila Frace, Director

of EPA’s Municipal Support Division. “Using water more efficiently can help delay the need to create

more supplies, saving communities money and resources, as well as ensuring that water will be

available for future generations.”

For example, older toilets can use between 3.5 and 7 gallons of water per flush. However, new highefficiency

toilets require 75 to 80 percent less water. According to EPA, adopting water-efficient

products and practices can save the average household up to 30,000 gallons of water per year.

WaterSense products, which include high-efficiency toilets, meet EPA’s criteria for efficiency and

performance. Certified products may bear the WaterSense label, which makes it easy for consumers to

identify and select a variety of quality, high-efficiency products and services for their homes and


“The PSC is proud to be a WaterSense partner,” said Jeff Ripp, the PSC’s Water Conservation

Coordinator. “We look forward to working with Wisconsin’s water utilities to promote water-saving

products and practices in and around the home that will reduce demands on water systems and protect

valuable water resources.”

EPA announced WaterSense in June 2006, at the American Water Works Association Conference and

Exposition in San Antonio, Texas. For more information on WaterSense, and for a full list of labeled

water-efficient products and irrigation certification programs, please visit

For more information about water conservation and for tips to saving water, please visit the PSC’s

website at: