Support the EPA WaterSense® Program

Below is a copy the April 25, 2017 letter from AWE and 186 other water efficiency advocates to EPA Administrator Pruitt urging the continued funding of WaterSense.  

Although this letter has been sent, we are continuing to collect names of supportive organizations for a second similar letter to be sent in the near futureFill out and submit the form at the bottom of this page to indicate your support.  


The Honorable Scott Pruitt
Administrator
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20460

Dear Administrator Pruitt:

The Alliance for Water Efficiency and the undersigned water utilities, manufacturers, distributors, consumer groups, and water efficiency advocates join in urging you to continue to fund EPA’s highly successful WaterSense® program, a voluntary public-private partnership that has saved American consumers more than $33 billion (in 2015 dollars) on their water and energy bills over the past decade. 

WaterSense is a voluntary program, not a regulatory one, and it costs less than $2 million dollars a year to administer. It is universally supported by consumers, manufacturers and the public and private agencies charged with supplying water to American households and businesses. Since its inception in 2006, it has been immensely successful at achieving its goal of reducing water consumption. An estimated 1.5 trillion gallons have been saved using WaterSense-labeled products.

WaterSense Is Also Good for American Businesses and American Jobs 

  • WaterSense fuels innovation in American manufacturing and is strongly supported by the plumbing and irrigation industry. WaterSense performance standards and independent certifying process helps start-ups get to market more quickly and helps companies differentiate their products in the marketplace. 
  • More than 1,700 manufacturers, retailers and distributors, water and energy utilities, state and local government, non-profit and trade organizations, irrigation training organizations, and home-builders strengthen their businesses through partnerships with WaterSense. 
  • Businesses can reduce their operating costs and increase resiliency by updating their facilities with WaterSense-labeled fixtures and appliances. 
  • Homeowners and businesses can hire any of the 2,200 WaterSense-certified irrigation professionals to help design, install, and maintain an irrigation system that delivers a healthy landscape while minimizing waste.

WaterSense Helps Americans Save Money and Provides Choices 

  • WaterSense-labelled products have saved more than $32.6 billion (2015 dollars) on American consumers’ water, sewer, and energy bills.
  • Water utilities, many of whom have been facing drought and other supply constraints in recent years, utilize WaterSense certified products as a vital tool that they can promote through conservation outreach and rebate programs, saving ratepayers the expense of each utility certifying water savings of products separately.
  • Thanks to WaterSense and its partners, American families and businesses can buy WaterSense-labeled products that use at least 20 percent less water and work as well as or better than standard models.
  • Americans can choose from more than 16,000 available models of WaterSense-labeled products for bathrooms, commercial kitchens and irrigation systems.

WaterSense Helps Create Thriving and Resilient Communities 

  • WaterSense has already saved more than 1.5 trillion gallons of water. That’s more than the amount of water used by all of the households in California for a year!
  • Saving water helps protect our water future. It means we can serve more people today and secure supplies for future generations. It saves water for emergencies. And, it leaves more water in lakes, rivers and underground aquifers to support water-based recreation and wildlife habitat. 

WaterSense Is a Cost-Effective Investment and Eliminating WaterSense Endangers our Economy and Our Communities 

  • With an annual budget of $2 million, WaterSense produces benefits that far outweigh its costs – strengthening our economy, protecting water for our communities, and helping families maximize their budgets. 
  • Without WaterSense, 212 billion kilowatt hours of electricity would not have been saved. That is a year’s worth of power to more than 19.4 million American homes.

Since the WaterSense program has never been authorized by Congress, its modest costs have been paid from discretionary funds available to previous EPA administrators of both parties. We urge you to continue this practice for both FY 17 and FY 18 so that this valuable and highly productive partnership between government and the private sector can continue.

 

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