The energy-efficient program is recommended for the fiscal year of 2018
In response to requests from Plumbing Manufacturers Intl. (PMI) and its members, as well as from other supporters of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) WaterSense program, the Senate Interior/EPA Appropriations Subcommittee rejected the proposed elimination of the program in the fiscal year 2018 (FY18) budget.
According to the subcommittee’s report, “The Committee rejects the proposed elimination of the WaterSense program, and provides no less than the fiscal year 2017 level.” Similar report language, supported by PMI, was also included in the House Interior Appropriations measure this summer.
WaterSense is a voluntary partnership program developed by the EPA in 2006 that identifies water-efficient, high-performing plumbing products. Plumbing manufacturers have developed more than 21,000 WaterSense-labeled product models for use in kitchens and bathrooms, including shower heads, toilets, faucets, faucet accessories, flushing urinals and flushometer-valve toilets found in commercial and institutional facilities, as well as pre-rinse spray valves for commercial kitchens.
More than 1,900 manufacturers, water and energy utilities, distributors, state and local governments, nonprofit organizations, trade associations and retailers nationwide have partnered with the WaterSense program.