Nearly 140 billion: That's how many gallons of water Kohler products have helped Americans save since 2007. The Wisconsin-based, family owned company received the U.S. Water Prize for its water conservation efforts. The prize, which is awarded yearly across five categories, recognized Kohler as the private sector honoree for its development and promotion of water-efficient products that meet the EPA’s WaterSense efficiency requirements.
Davor Grgic, Kohler’s vice president of sustainability, accepted the award at the One Water Summit in New Orleans on June 28, saying, “Kohler is committed to innovating products to be more environmentally sustainable, from material selection to end use,” he said. “In addition, we are encouraging consumers to do their part to reduce their home’s water consumption and protect our nation’s water supply.”
Since the EPA launched its WaterSense program in 2006, Kohler developed 700-plus new models of toilets, faucets, showerheads and urinals that fit the WaterSense requirements; almost all of the brand's products launched since 2010 meet WaterSense requirements for water efficiency.
"Kohler products have helped Americans save nearly 140 billion gallons of water, avoid 3.5 million tons of greenhouse gas emissions associated with pumping, treating, and heating that water, and save more than $2.3 billion on their water, sewer, and energy bills," notes the brand in a statement.
“Since 2011, the U.S. Water Alliance has worked to advocate for the true value of water and promote policies and practices that ensure safe water for all Americans,” says Radhika Fox, CEO of the U.S. Water Alliance.
“We are thrilled to recognize Kohler’s efforts over the last 10 years by honoring the company with our 2017 Water Prize."