Plumbing Manufacturers Support Water-Efficiency Programs

June 13, 2018

Water efficiency accomplishes more with less by using the best available water technology in smart and innovative ways. Using water-saving techniques diverts less water from our rivers, bays and estuaries while reducing water and wastewater treatment costs and the amount of energy used to treat, pump and heat water. Water efficiency is simply the most cost-effective and immediate way to ensure safe, clean and available water for our families, neighbors and businesses.

An example of an outstanding nationwide water-efficiency program is the WaterSense® program.
This voluntary water product-labeling partnership program was developed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in 2006, with the support of plumbing manufacturers, retailers, water utilities, state and local governments, and nongovernmental organizations. WaterSense offers a simple way for consumers to identify water-efficient products and services. Under this program:

  • Plumbing products that have earned the WaterSense label have been verified by an independent, third-party certification laboratory and certified to be at least 20% more water efficient than the federal requirement, without sacrificing performance.
  • Plumbing manufacturers have developed more than 21,000 WaterSense-labeled product models including a wide variety of showerheads, toilets, faucets, faucet accessories, flushing urinals, pre-rinse spray valves and flushometer-valves.

The program costs EPA only $3 million a year to administer and has one of the best paybacks of any federal program. WaterSense has helped transform water efficiency, by saving consumers a cumulative 2.1 trillion gallons of water and more than $46.3 billion in water and energy bills with the installation of water-efficient plumbing fixtures.

Message to Congress

Plumbing Manufacturers International (PMI) urges lawmakers to:

  • Support Report Language to the FY2019 Interior/EPA Appropriations Bills to Maintain the WaterSense Program – President Trump’s FY19 budget called for the elimination of WaterSense. The program has enjoyed bipartisan support on Capitol Hill throughout its existence. PMI applauds the House Appropriations Committee for including report language to ensure its continuation.
  • Support Authorization of the WaterSense Program – While benefitting from bipartisan congressional support, the WaterSense program has not been formally authorized by Congress. PMI supports efforts in the House and Senate to include authorization language in infrastructure and energy legislation in the last several Congresses, PMI will continue to work with House and Senate staff to finalize authorization language with broad stakeholder support.
  • Support and Cosponsor the NIST Plumbing Research Act of 2017 (H.R. 301/S. 3037) – This bill would direct the National Institute of Standards & Technology to conduct research of “premise plumbing” to promote new and innovative technologies that improve the safety, system reliability and water efficiency in homes and businesses.

House:

Thank the following House lawmakers for cosponsoring the NIST Plumbing Act (H.R. 301) introduced by Rep. Matt Cartwright (PA):

Rep. Tony Cardenas (D-CA)

Rep. Mike Quigley (D-IL)

Rep. Betty McCollum (D-MN)

Rep. Jose Serrano (D-NY)

Rep. Chellie Pingree (D-ME)

Rep. Paul Tonko (D-NY)

To co-sponsor the NIST Plumbing Act (H.R. 301), contact Jeremy Marcus, Deputy Legislative Director, Office of Rep. Cartwright - jeremy.marcus@mail.house.gov

Senate:

Urge Senators to support and co-sponsor the NIST Plumbing Act (S. 3037) introduced by Sens. Tammy Duckworth (IL) and Chris Van Hollen (MD).

To cosponsor, contact Virginia Hayes, Legislative Aide, Office of Senator Tammy Duckworth – virginia_hayes@duckworth.senate.gov

For further information, contact

Stephanie Salmon, PMI Federal Government Affairs
ssalmondc@gmail.com
202-452-7135