Office of General Services

New York State Office of General Services

Approved EO4 Specifications

Toilets

Covered Products

Wall-hung and tank-type toilets with connection to water supply and discharge.

Goal

To reduce the amount of water used per flush without depleting the effectiveness of the water flow.

Background

A very small percentage of the total water on the planet is suitable for human consumption. Using potable water to flush human waste down the drain is a poor use of water that is typically highly treated and prepared for consumption. Low flow toilets use less water than standard toilets and will help to reduce use of treated water for flushing wastes.

The Energy Policy Act of 1992 mandated the use of water-conserving plumbing fixtures to reduce water use in residential, commercial, and institutional buildings. Using water efficiently can reduce costs through lower water use fees, lower sewage volumes to treat (with associated energy and chemical usage), and lower capacity charges.

Definitions

Standard Setting and Certifying Programs

American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) is a not-for-profit professional organization that enables collaboration, knowledge sharing and skill development across all engineering disciplines, while promoting the vital role of the engineer in society. ASME codes and standards, publications, conferences, continuing education and professional development programs provide a foundation for advancing technical knowledge and a safer world. ASME sets the standards for fixture construction. For additional information on ASME, visit the organization website at http://www.asme.org/

American National Standards Institute (ANSI) is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to enhance both the global competitiveness of U.S. business and the U.S. quality of life by promoting and facilitating voluntary consensus standards and conformity assessment systems, and safeguarding their integrity. The Institute oversees the creation, promulgation and use of thousands of standards and guidelines that directly impact businesses in nearly every sector: from acoustical devices to construction equipment, from dairy and livestock production to energy distribution, and many more. ANSI is also actively engaged in accrediting programs that assess conformance to standards – including globally-recognized cross-sector programs such as the ISO 9000 (quality) and ISO 14000 (environmental) management systems. For additional information on ANSI, visit the organization website at http://www.ansi.org/default.aspx

WaterSense® is an EPA-sponsored partnership program that provides water efficiency and performance criteria for products and helps consumers identify water-efficient products and programs that meet WaterSense criteria. For additional information on WaterSense, visit the website at http://www.epa.gov/watersense/

Specifications

Affected entities shall:

Provide toilets meeting the following specifications, in addition to meeting all applicable laws, codes, rules and regulations:

Affected entities are encouraged to: Toxics in Packaging:

In accordance with Environmental Conservation Law section 37-0205, packaging shall not contain inks, dyes, pigments, adhesives, stabilizers, or any other additives to which any lead, cadmium, mercury or hexavalent chromium exceed the following concentration level: 100 parts per million by weight (0.01%).