PHCC Fighting to Continue Federal Toilet Retrofit Grants
PHCC and other plumbing- and water-related organizations sent a letter to the Senate leadership recently voicing strong opposition to an amendment recently passed by the House that would prohibit federal spending for the retrofit of high efficiency toilets.
“This amendment essentially eliminates an important incentive for water conservation programs that have proven results and that have benefited communities across our country,” the letter said. The co-signers asked the Senate to oppose the amendment and ensure that related language will not be included in the Senate’s version of the Act.
The amendment (which was added to the “Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriation Act of 2015”), targets grants that are awarded to local utilities who use part of the funds to offer rebate programs for water conservation purposes – encouraging consumers to purchase and install high efficiency plumbing fixtures. In essence, the amendment prohibits any federal funds available by the Act to provide funding for high efficiency toilets. PHCC National will keep members informed of the status of the appropriation as the Senate begins debate.