The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has secured another year of funding for the WaterSense program under the Trump administration. On July 10, the House Appropriations Committee approved the funding bill, which includes funding for the 2021 fiscal year.
The Plumbing Manufacturers International (PMI) expressed appreciation for the continued funding of the WaterSense program. “WaterSense has proven to be a model for an effective public-private partnership program,” said Kerry Stackpole, CEO and executive director for PMI. “Toilets, showerheads, bathroom faucets and other products bearing the WaterSense label remain popular with consumers.”
Administered by the EPA, WaterSense is a voluntary, consumer product program that promotes water efficiency. Products bearing the WaterSense label meet high-performance standards while using at least 20 per cent less water than products meeting federal water-efficiency standards.
The program has saved $4.4 trillion gallons of water and $87 billion of water and energy expenses since its inception in 2006. Currently, more than 34,000 WaterSense plumbing product models are available.