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KOHLER, Wis. – October 4, 2011 – As part of Kohler’s efforts to continually improve upon its products and make use of new technologies, the company has converted all faucets from its residential lines to meet strict new low-lead guidelines. Additionally, in keeping with the company’s overall strategy to provide products that combine stylish design with cutting-edge technology, Kohler unveils two advanced commercial faucets at Greenbuild 2011 that now comply with the stringent lead regulations: the Gooseneck and the Streamlined Touchless faucets.

In addition to their low lead content, these faucets also boast a touchless design that works by using by Kohler’s proprietary Insight™ adaptive infrared sensor technology and runs off the industry’s first ever 30-year Hybrid Energy System. This innovative system offers unique, maintenance-free power that will perform flawlessly for decades, while the touchless design saves water and limits the spread of bacteria.

To ensure that Kohler faucets contain a minimal amount of lead, engineers retooled them using advanced materials that meet the new restrictions while maintaining the same level of product dependability and progressive design for which the company has become known.

  • All Kohler residential kitchen and bathroom faucets, including these two new commercial faucets, have undergone a complete conversion and are in compliance with California’s legislation AB1953. Additionally, these products meet the new national guidelines set forth in the U.S. Safe Water Drinking Act, which goes into effect in January 2014.
  • Each residential faucet is certified by an independent third party organization, NSF International, a public health and safety company, to verify that all meet the new requirements.
  • The new low-lead commercial faucets use a .35 gallon-per-minute rosebud spray aerator that conserves water while maintaining a comfortable flow and enables them to meet stringent CALGreen standards for water consumption. These aerators provide an additional 20 percent water savings over current low flow models.
  • In keeping with the Buy America Act (BAA), the faucets are all manufactured in the United States.

Kohler has always been on the leading edge of design and technology, and this effort to reduce lead in drinking water is another example of how the company continues to offer customers the highest level of quality while setting a course for constant improvement.

About Kohler Co.
Kohler Co. has a long history of supporting water efficiency and sustainability in products as well as processes. Aligning with organizations and programs like EPA WaterSense, Alliance for Water Efficiency, Alliance for Sustainable Built Environments and U.S. Green Building Council, Kohler has positioned itself as a sustainability leader in the plumbing industry with educational programs, awareness campaigns, and water-saving products. In recognition of these efforts, Kohler has been awarded three consecutive excellence awards from the EPA WaterSense program.

Kohler Co. offers products that are designed to conserve natural resources while remaining true to a singular quality level of performance and design. Whether specifying plumbing products that help buildings earn LEED® water-efficiency points, reducing facility operating costs or accommodating the preferences of homeowners, water-saving KOHLER fixtures and faucets address the challenging demands of customers and preserve one of our most precious natural resources. Visit SaveWaterAmerica.com for more information about Kohler’s water-saving products and its continuing efforts to help drive conservation.

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