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Whether your plumbing customers live in multi-million dollar mansions or average American homes, letting them know about the latest technologies in bathroom fixtures and household water-saving products is a smart idea.

The average household spends more than $500 annually on water and sewage bills. By changing the way water is used, homeowners may be able to cut their water expenses by up to 30 percent.

When more homeowners use water efficiently, the financial and environmental benefits can be wide-reaching. Here are several examples of water-saving products that recently debuted at the 2017 Kitchen Bath & Industry Show and International Builders Show.

Kohler Veil Intelligent Toilet

The new Veil toilet by Kohler not only features dual flush technology, a temperature-adjustable heated seat, LED nightlight and stainless steel cleansing wand, it’s available in a wall-mount design. The new design provides about eight additional inches to the room’s area and features hidden hardware for easy cleaning. Additional options include front/rear warm water wash modes, an automatic deodorizing system and a warm air-dry system.

The Veil toilet meets all WaterSense® guidelines and includes an integrated self-cleaning capability which includes an electrolyzed water function and UV light to clean the surfaces of the wand.

American Standard ActiClean System

American Standard also debuted a new toilet, which features the ActiClean system. This system includes the VorMax flushing/self-cleaning technology, which is so powerful that it eliminates the need for periodically using potentially harsh cleaners on the bowl. Homeowners can activate the cleaning system with the touch of a button.

The Aquifer Filtration System

Kohler has refined a new water filtration system that effectively reduces the levels of chlorine, mercury, lead, pharmaceuticals and other contaminants in household and drinking water. The system contains coconut shell-activated carbon – far more environmentally friendly than typical coal filters. The unit easily fits under any kitchen, bathroom or utility sink, even if there are other appliances such as garbage disposals already in use.

System owners can take advantage of an optional online subscription program that automatically delivers a replacement filter every few months or annually, which eliminates the need to find or order new filters. Every new filter includes pre-addressed, postage-paid packaging to send old filters to a company that uses the units to make concrete aggregate used in road construction.

Delta Leak Detector

Delta is making the leap into smart home technology with a new leak detector that can pinpoint both the presence and location of the slightest water leakage in the home. The unit contains two conductive metal rings that monitor and detect leaks. This triggers an audio alarm and LED lighting system in the home and sends an alert to the homeowner via his or her smartphone.

The monitoring app, powered by iDevices and compatible with both IOS and Android devices, is easily downloaded and connects through the home’s WiFi network. The detector can be placed anywhere in the home, including near sump pumps and water heaters, under sinks, behind appliances or even in cabinets, basements and attics.

Kohler Honesty Faucets

Another new water-saving product showcased by Kohler was the Honesty showerhead collection, which feature WaterSense-labeled 2.0-gallons per minute showerheads that use up to 20 percent less water than standard showerheads. The units employ a Katalyst® air-induction technology, which works with the Rite-Temp® pressure-balancing valve to maximize the air-to-water integration to provide an even, yet powerful flow of water.

Encouraging your plumbing customers to install the latest water-saving fixtures and appliances doesn’t just make good environmental sense, they’ll appreciate the cost savings benefits these new technologies can deliver.

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