This week, the American Water Works (AWWA) cosigned two separate letters addressed to Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt, asking that he continue funding for the Agency’s WaterSense program. The first letter is under the banner of the Alliance for Water Efficiency, and is signed by 187 organizations, while the second letter , delivered on behalf of the International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO) and 62 other organizations. Both letters call for continuing funding for WaterSense, both in any Fiscal Year 2017 spending bills, as well as in any full year Fiscal Year 2018 spending bills.
WaterSense is a voluntary product efficiency labeling program that identifies efficient and high-performing water-consuming products. While EPA spends approximately $3 million a year to administer the program, it has saved consumers more than $33 billion in water and energy bills since the program's inception in 2006. The program is widely supported across the building industry and has enjoyed bipartisan support on Capitol Hill throughout its existence.