WaterSense Remains in Jeopardy – Sign on to Letter in Support of WaterSense

Act Now! Sign Your Organization onto AWE's Letter, Support WaterSense

2018-02-14

Update: Letter of support was sent to EPA Administrator Pruitt on March 22, 2018, World Water Day!

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AWE has been closely following the federal budget discussions in Washington for the past year, and it appears that the WaterSense® labeling program is once again in grave danger of losing its funding. The President's Budget for FY19, released this week, continues to target the WaterSense program for zero funding, just as it did in FY18. Because the WaterSense program has never been Congressionally-authorized, it does not have its own budget line item, and for the past eleven years it has been funded only at the discretion of the EPA Administrator. 

The WaterSense program is vital to the water efficiency community, and it has been a cornerstone of our efforts for a decade. It is critical that we step up to defend it and to request that it continue to be funded. For an annual federal investment of only $2 million, it provides significant economic value to the country and to water utilities and their customers in particular. It is valuable to the plumbing manufacturing community, and it helps create jobs. It has saved an estimated 1.5 trillion gallons of water. AWE has prepared a factsheet summarizing the many benefits of the WaterSense program. 

Just as we did last year, we are again asking that AWE members and friends of WaterSense provide all our voices on a letter that AWE will send to EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt seeking continued funding for the WaterSense program not only for the remainder of FY18 but through FY19 as well. Please consider signing on to this letter. We will collect signatures until Friday, March 16.   

We are also asking that you contact your Senators and Congressional Representatives to express your own individual support for the continued funding of the WaterSense program. Congress needs to hear from YOU -- their constituent -- on this issue. Tell them how WaterSense has benefited you. 

The deadline to sign on to our letter has passed.

Thank you for your interest in this effort.