Water Efficiency
Low Flow Water Fixtures (sinks, Shower Heads, Toilets)

What Is It?

Low flow water fixtures are sink faucets, shower heads, and toilets that use less water per minute than older, traditional models. Low-flow water fixtures conserve water by using a high-pressure technique to produce a strong or equal flow of water with less water than other less-efficient fixtures.


Replacing older water fixtures with low-flowing ones is a relatively low-cost and quick way for your workplace to conserve water and save money. By reducing a facility’s draw on public, treated water supplies, tenants and building managers reduce the energy used by water utilities’ to pump, treat, and dispose of water. This “drops to watts” connection is surprisingly strong. In fact, U.S. water-related energy use represents about 13 percent of the nation’s electricity consumption and generates approximately 290 million metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions. So for every million gallons of water saved, approximately 1.95 metric tons of CO2 emissions are avoided.

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Challenge Participants Currently Adopting This Practice

  • A Better City
  • Au Bon Pain
  • Beacon Capital Partners
  • BioMed Realty Trust
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts
  • Boston Properties, Inc.
  • CB Richard Elllis
  • The Chiofaro Company
  • The Colonnade Hotel
  • Community Servings
  • Dana-Farber
  • Epiphany School
  • Equity
  • Federal Reserve
  • Foley Hoag LLP
  • Forest City
  • Friends of Post Office Square
  • HNTB
  • John Hancock/Manulife Financial
  • Marriott
  • Massachusetts Affordable Housing Alliance
  • Massachusetts Convention Center Authority
  • Meister Consultants
  • New England Aquarium
  • Nixon Peabody
  • Nutter, McClennen & Fish, LLP
  • Peabody Office Furniture
  • Putnam Investments
  • Seaport Hotel
  • Sheraton Hotel
  • Synergy
  • TD Garden
  • TRO Jung|Brannen
  • Tsoi/Kobus & Associates
  • Turner Construction
  • WilmerHale

Financing Options, Incentives, And Rebates

Additional Resources

A Small Sample of Some Low Flow Water Fixture Suppliers and Providers in Boston


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