AWE Sends 2nd Industry-Backed Letter in Support of WaterSense to EPA Administrator Pruitt

Letter Representing 169 Stakeholder Organizations Urging Continued Funding

2018-03-22

WaterSense LogoThe Alliance for Water Efficiency sent a letter to EPA Administrator Pruitt today to urge continued funding for the successful EPA WaterSense® labeling program, not only for fiscal year 2018, but for FY2019 as well. The letter was signed by 169 organizations including water providers, manufacturers, businesses, non-profit organizations and academic institutions. The broad support across many sectors highlights the positive impact WaterSense has on both the environment and the economy.

“The WaterSense program is a cornerstone of our nation’s water sustainability strategy, and has become vital to American communities, manufacturers, and service providers,” said Mary Ann Dickinson, President and CEO of the Alliance for Water Efficiency.

AWE’s letter outlines the measurable value WaterSense provides, including the 2.1 trillion gallons of water and $46 billion from water and energy bills saved through the end of 2016. The letter also points out that 1,800 manufacturers, retailers and distributors, water and energy utilities, state and local governments, non-profit and trade organizations, irrigation training organizations, and home-builders have strengthened their businesses through partnerships with WaterSense.

The Alliance for Water Efficiency letter calls on Administrator Pruitt and Congress to maintain the $2 million budget for WaterSense, which supports resilient communities and American businesses. 

“We need to congressionally authorize and permanently fund this program,” Dickinson continued. “Eliminating it would not only harm American businesses and invite foreign competition, it would also create hardship for communities dealing with water shortages and rising water rates. We invite all organizations with a stake in our water resources to join us in this effort.”

AWE is working closely with other important partners including the International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials, Plumbing Manufacturers International, American Water Works Association, and the High-Performance Buildings Coalition to preserve this important program.

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About the Alliance for Water Efficiency: 
The Alliance for Water Efficiency is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the efficient and sustainable use of water in the United States and Canada. Headquartered in Chicago, the Alliance works with more than 400 water utilities, water conservation professionals in business and industry, planners, regulators, and consumers. AWE delivers innovative tools and training to encourage cost-effective water conservation programs, conducts cutting-edge research, and pursues programs and policies necessary for a sustainable water future. In 2014 the Alliance won the U.S. Water Prize in the non-profit category for its work. 

For inquiries, please contact:
Megan Chery, Alliance for Water Efficiency
megan@a4we.org | (773) 360-5100