President Signs America's Water Infrastructure Act

Law Lifts EPA WaterSense® Program from Discretionary Program to Federal Legal Status

2018-10-23

WaterSense Logo(1)The WaterSense® program, a voluntary public-private partnership that has saved American consumers more than $68 billion on their water and energy bills since 2006, is now part of federal law for the first time ever.

President Trump signed America’s Water Infrastructure Act of 2018, which lifts WaterSense from its status as a "discretionary" program at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to federal legal status.

The Alliance for Water Efficiency (AWE) was instrumental in the creation of the WaterSense program and has been a major supporter of the program ever since. Along with its members and partners, AWE has been a leader in urging Congress to authorize WaterSense as part of federal law.

The water infrastructure bill signed into law by the President incorporates WaterSense into the federal Energy Policy and Conservation Act. (42 U.S.C. 6201) as a new Section 324b. It will now qualify for annual appropriations rather than having to rely on the EPA administrator’s discretionary funds each year.

Until separate funding measures are enacted, both the House and Senate have included instructions in pending EPA spending bills directing the EPA to continue funding WaterSense from available funds.

“We are ecstatic that Congress and the President have given their stamp of approval to WaterSense,” said Mary Ann Dickinson, AWE president and CEO. “We continue to believe that this successful public/private partnership is the most effective and efficient way to help Americans save water by choosing water efficient products and services certified to carry the WaterSense label.”

“We want to thank our many partners in the coalition supporting WaterSense and the bipartisan group of lawmakers in both the House and Senate who worked to include this vital program in the infrastructure legislation,” she added. 

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