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Tip #181

When washing fruits or vegetables, fill the sink with water instead of running the faucet.

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Fort Collins Utilities is an equal opportunity residential and commercial utility service provider. We do not discriminate in the terms, conditions or provision of services based on race, color, religion, sex, disability, familial status or national origin.

Fort Collins Utilities es una empresa proveedora de servicios públicos residenciales y comerciales con igualdad de oportunidad. No discriminamos en los términos, las condiciones o la provisión de servicios en base a raza, color, religión, sexo, discapacidad, estatus familiar o nacionalidad de origen.

WaterSense: Making Every Drop Count

WaterSense is a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) program to promote and enhance water-efficient products and services.

The City of Fort Collins became a WaterSense Partner to help our customers conserve water for future generations and reduce costs on their water bills.

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The aim of the WaterSense program is to decrease indoor and outdoor water use through high-efficiency products and simple water-saving practices. By setting performance and water use specifications, WaterSense helps consumers identify products that work well and save water. WaterSense products must:

  • perform as well or better than their less efficient counterparts
  • be about 20 percent more water-efficient than average products in that category
  • be independently certified

Toilets were the first products to be certified with the WaterSense label. Under federal law, toilets must not exceed 1.6 gallons per flush (gpf), but WaterSense labeled toilets use just 1.28 gpf or less. To date, more than 730 toilet models carry the label by being independently tested to ensure they meet rigorous criteria for both performance and efficiency. WaterSense has also expanded to include 2,700 faucets models and 300 showerhead models

As WaterSense labeled products become more available in the marketplace, it will be easier for you to identify and select a variety of quality, high-efficiency products and services. As part of the Senate Bill 14-103, only WaterSense products will be sold in Colorado beginning in 2016.

Check out the rebates Utilities offers to residential and commercial customers for WaterSense labeled products.

Find out more about the WaterSense program or see a list of labeled products.

Learn about high water use and how to identify and fix household leaks.