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High Efficiency Showerheads

High Sierra Showerheads Wins 2016 EPA WaterSense® Excellence Award

David Malcolm - Monday, October 17, 2016

Las Vegas, Nevada—The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today recognized High Sierra Showerheads, a small, family-owned, made-in-USA manufacturer of water-saving shower heads based in Coarsegold, California, with a 2016 WaterSense Excellence Award for Strategic Collaboration - one of its top water conservation awards - as a leader in saving water for future generations. The award was presented at the annual WaterSmart Innovations Conference on October 6, 2016.

It's rare for a small manufacturer to receive an EPA WaterSense Award. More than 1,700 utilities, manufacturers, retailers, builders, and organizations partner with WaterSense. Only a select few, however, are recognized each year for their significant program contributions.

As the EPA noted, High Sierra successfully partnered with state and local agencies "to make a big splash in water-efficient technology" during 2015, in both California and Colorado:

* High Sierra worked with the California Department of Corrections & Rehabilitation to identify a WaterSense labeled tamper-proof showerhead that would be suitable for the specification requirements of prisons and correctional facilities. The department worked to retrofit more than 6,000 showerheads in facilities to save an estimated 385 million gallons annually.

* After a successful pilot in which tenants expressed satisfaction with High Sierra’s 1.5 gallon-per-minute WaterSense labeled showerheads, the Fresno (California) Housing Authority entered into an agreement to install the showerheads in more than 2,500 homes.

* The company also partnered with Colorado Springs Utilities to install 1,400 showerheads in Colorado federal and state facilities, including the US Air Force Academy (which installed over 900 of High Sierra's shower heads), Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado College, and El Paso County’s Criminal Justice Center, allowing these facilities to fulfill their goals and requirements to use water- efficient products.

Since 2006, High Sierra Showerheads and the EPA's other WaterSense partners have collectively helped consumers save 1.5 trillion gallons of water, more than the amount of water used by all households in California for a year. In addition to water savings, WaterSense labeled products and homes have helped reduce the amount of energy needed to heat, pump, and treat water by 212 billion kilowatt hours since the program began in 2006, enough energy to supply a year’s worth of power to more than 19.4 million homes.

David Malcolm, founder and owner of High Sierra Showerheads, noted that “2015 was our first year with WaterSense-certified shower heads of our design and brand, and we are honored to have been selected by the EPA for the 2016 Excellence award. We have worked very hard to develop unique, built-in-the-USA, high efficiency low-low shower heads that not only save water, but deliver a superior performance over and beyond the original 2.5 gpm low-flow shower heads introduced in 1992. We greatly appreciate the EPA’s recognition of our efforts.”

High Sierra's patented design differs greatly from that of conventional showerheads. Rather than dropping water through holes in a perforated disc, the mechanism by which nearly all showerheads worldwide have made their spray since the mid-1800s, High Sierra's design sends water through a unimpeded, straight path, splitting water into two streams just before the large exit opening and colliding them back together, to make a spray of large, heavy, high-energy droplets.

This design, born on the golf course as a handheld spray nozzle for watering golf greens, saves as much as 40% on water and energy, while still delivering a strong, full spray. Because High Sierra's design don't have any small holes that can clog up, this also makes them low maintenance, and hence attractive to large institutions.

For more information about EPA's WaterSense program, please visit