WaterSense is Included in Both House and Senate Spending Bills

Relating to Fiscal Year 2019

2018-06-21

WaterSense LogoBoth the Senate and House Appropriations committees have directed the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to continue funding 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. 

The two spending panels included instructions to continue funding WaterSense in reports that accompanied their respective versions of bills to fund the Department of Interior, the EPA and related agencies for fiscal year 2019, which begins Oct 1, 2018.

Those bills still must be approved by the House and Senate by the end of September, or they may be rolled into a massive continuing resolution that will be needed to avoid a government shut-down at that time.

But the inclusion of WaterSense instructions in both the Senate and House committee reports is a huge step toward continuation of WaterSense at least through September, 2019.

Neither the Senate nor House bills contain specific funds for WaterSense. The Senate committee instructed EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt to continue the program at its current funding levels. The House committee report simply directs “continued funding” for WaterSense without reference to a particular spending level.

“We are thrilled that the important committees of both the House and Senate 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.