Program slated for elimination under new EPA budget
In a letter sent April 17, 2017, to EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, PMI argued that the voluntary, public-private WaterSense partnership encourages voluntary reduction of water consumption by consumers and businesses.
WaterSense is slated for elimination under EPA's proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2018. This program costs the EPA approximately $3 million a year to administer, and has delivered more than $33 billion to consumers in water and energy bill savings, according to the EPA WaterSense website. WaterSense products use 20% less water than plumbing products meeting the required federal standards.
PMI CEO and Executive Director Barbara C. Higgens wrote Pruitt: “Plumbing manufacturers are proud to partner with EPA’s WaterSense program. The WaterSense label is the most widely recognized symbol for water-efficient plumbing products that meet high performance standards. Through strong brand recognition and positive publicity, the WaterSense program has provided the catalyst for many consumers, homeowners, businesses, and state and local governments to invest in water-efficient plumbing products.”
PMI requested to meet with Pruitt to advocated for the program. PMI has reached out to more than 50 key congressional offices during recent weeks to discuss the value of maintaining the WaterSense program, and will continue doing so. In addition, PMI is working closely with other partners, including the Alliance for Water Efficiency, American Water Works Assn., High-Performance Buildings Coalition, and National Association