WaterSense Funding Included in Massive Government Spending Bill

Funding Maintained for the WaterSense Program at the FY17 Enacted Levels

2018-03-23

The-White-HouseCongress and the White House have directed the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to continue the highly successful WaterSense® program, a voluntary public-private partnership that has saved American consumers more than $46 billion on their water and energy bills since 2006. 

Those instructions were included in the committee report accompanying a massive $1.3 trillion bill to fund federal government programs through fiscal 2018, which ends on Oct. 1 of this year. The so-called omnibus spending bill was approved by the House and Senate, then quickly signed into law by President Trump.

While the spending bill does not contain specific funds for WaterSense, the committee report instructed EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt to continue the WaterSense program at its 2017 funding levels. Such instructions from congressional committees have traditionally carried the force of law. 

“We are thrilled that the Congress and the White House have voiced continued support for WaterSense,” said Mary Ann Dickinson, president and CEO of the Alliance for Water Efficiency (AWE), which was instrumental in efforts to create the WaterSense program in 2006 and has been a major supporter of the program ever since.

“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,” Ms. Dickinson said.

Enactment of the new spending bill came as AWE sent a letter to Pruitt signed by 169 water utilities, manufacturers, distributors, consumer groups and water efficiency advocates urging the EPA administrator to continue WaterSense beyond this fiscal year.