NORTH OLMSTED, OH -- (Marketwire) -- 10/06/11 -- Moen, the number one faucet brand in North America, has been selected as a 2011 WaterSense® Excellence Award winner by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The company was chosen for this honor based on its significant efforts to advance the WaterSense mission through participation and collaboration in promotional events. The award was accepted last night by Andrea Maher, senior marketing communications specialist, Moen, at the WaterSmart Innovations Conference and Expo in Las Vegas.
'Moen is honored to be recognized by the EPA for the strides that we have made to promote and encourage water conservation,' said Mike Bauer, president, U.S. Businesses, Moen Incorporated. 'Through our development of a robust Eco-Performance product portfolio, as well as impactful promotional and event support, we are helping to conserve water for future generations.'
To demonstrate the company's commitment to raising awareness for the WaterSense program, Moen initiated significant promotional events and messaging directed toward media, consumers, trade professionals and associates. In addition, Moen supported WaterSense awareness campaigns, including 'We're for Water' and 'Fix a Leak Week.'
'Since 2006, WaterSense and our many partners have helped Americans save 125 billion gallons of water and more than $2 billion in water and energy bills,' said Nancy Stoner, EPA's Acting Assistant Administrator for Water.
Moen's involvement with WaterSense extends far beyond promotional and event support. All Moen® lavatory faucets for residential and multi-family applications are certified to meet WaterSense criteria. In addition, Moen became one of the first manufacturers on the market to offer products certified to meet new 2010 WaterSense criteria for showerheads. Today, Moen continues to introduce WaterSense-labeled faucets, as well as showerheads that represent every category in Moen's showering portfolio -- including wall-mount, rainshower and hand shower models, available at wholesale showrooms, retail outlets and online retailers.
Moen also recently introduced Eco-Performance retail kitchen faucets that allow users the option to easily switch between three unique water-flow settings. For everyday tasks that require constant, yet low-water flow, such as washing dishes or preparing foods, homeowners can choose new eco-performance standard stream or aerated spray modes. These settings provide a reduced flow rate of 1.75 gallons per minute (gpm), which translates to up to a 32 percent water savings. However, for tasks that require a set amount of water, such as filling a pot or pitcher -- they can switch to the fast-fill mode, which flows at the standard 2.2 gpm rate.
'At Moen, we are constantly developing new products that provide a significant water savings without sacrificing performance, while finding ways to reduce our own environmental footprint,' said Bauer.
For the last quarter-century, Moen has developed programs to protect the environment and further its long-standing commitment, resulting in solid sustainable practices. For example, the company has reduced its environmental footprint by reusing 70 percent of all water used in product testing and recycling nearly 82 percent of waste from the manufacturing process. Moen has also installed water filtration systems in all of its facilities to reduce plastic bottle consumption and switched to using only recycled paper and soy-based inks for copies.
For more information about Moen's WaterSense partnership and products certified to meet WaterSense criteria, call 1-800-BUY-MOEN (1-800-289-6636) or visit moen.com.
As the #1 faucet brand in North America, Moen® offers a diverse selection of thoughtfully designed kitchen and bath faucets, showerheads, accessories, bath safety products and kitchen sinks for residential and commercial applications -- each delivering the best possible combination of meaningful innovation, useful features and lasting value.
Moen has worked diligently to support, promote and advance sustainability within the organization and the plumbing industry. The company has been recognized with the 2011 EPA WaterSense® Excellence Award, as well as the 2010 EPA WaterSense Manufacturer Partner of the Year Award, for its work to protect the future of our nation's water supply through the introduction and ongoing support of water-efficient products, programs and practices, while keeping consumers' needs top-of-mind.
Moen is part of Fortune Brands Home & Security, Inc. (NYSE: FBHS), which creates products and services that help fulfill the dreams of homeowners and help people feel more secure. The company is a leader in the home and security industries and features well-known and trusted brands like Moen faucets, Master Lock, MasterBrand cabinets, Therma-Tru® entryway systems and Simonton windows. For more information, please visit www.fbhs.com.
WaterSense, a partnership program sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, seeks to protect the future of our nation's water supply by offering people a simple way to use less water. For more information on WaterSense, and for a full list of labeled products and WaterSense irrigation partners, visit www.epa.gov/watersense.
WaterSense® is a registered trademark of U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)