U.S. EPA-sponsored WaterSense appliances and standards.
Report purchases of WaterSense equipment; require that all city purchases of water-using products, and all city development or renovation, meet WaterSense certification.
Achieve 1 Star AND publicize the City's requirement and encourage citizens and businesses to purchase WaterSense products.
Run a rebate program for business/residents to purchase WaterSense products; join EPA WaterSense program; achieve 1 Star AND work with local vendors to stock and routinely promote WaterSense products.
Who's doing it
New Brighton - 3 star
Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed: 2016
In 2016, New Brighton received a Clean Water Fund grant focused on improving the city’s water efficiency through managing residential water systems. New Brighton offered rebates to apartment complexes that used significantly more water than their peers. These property owners were customers of the municipal water supply system and they replaced existing toilets and fixtures with more efficient, sustainable devices (which were labeled as U.S. EPA WaterSense-certified).
New Brighton also purchases WaterSense-certified products when updating government facilities. The City ensured optimal water efficiency for new City Hall restrooms during a recent remodel in 2016. In all the restrooms, WaterSense-certified toilets and water efficient sinks were installed
The City's Environmentally Preferable Purchasing Guidelines state that water saving products and fixtures will meet the WaterSense certification. The Coon Creek Watershed District has offered grants for smart irrigation products for residential properties in the past. Reconstructed City parks use smart irrigation technology.
The City Council approved Environment Purchasing Guidelines include a provision that water-saving products purchased by the City will meet the WaterSense certification when such products are available and financially feasible.
The Energy and Environment Commission (EEC) has approved a draft of an environmental purchasing policy, which is yet to be reviewed by City Council at the 2-21-12 EEC/City Council Work Session. Purchasing choices will require the purchase of U.S. EPSense-certified products for all product categories covered by the Water Sense program.
(reviewing purchasing policy)
In 2017, new sustainable purchasing guidelines were sent out to all City employees. These guidelines included specifications that all new fixtures and products that use water (including, but not limited to, sinks, toilets, urinals, showerheads, pre-rinse spray valves, and irrigation controllers) will be WaterSense certified when such products are available and financially feasible.
The City of Savage sets procedures for purchasing through a Purchasing Guidelines and Procedures Policy. Staff initiated an update to the policy in November of 2020 to include Purchasing Sustainability Requirements (page 9). This section requires U.S. EPA WaterSense-certified products. The update to the policy was approved by City Council on 11/2/2020.
The City adopted an Environment Purchasing Policy on April 22, 2014 that includes a provision that water-saving products purchased by the City will meet the WaterSense certification when such products are available and financially feasible.
Water saving products purchased by the city meet the WaterSense certification when such products are available. At this time, purchase of WaterSense products is a practice, but it will be included in the EPP that is currently being developed.