House Reauthorizes EPA’s WaterSense Program
Dec. 8, 2015
By Mark Riso, PHCC Director of Government Relations
The U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed PHCC-supported legislation – the North American Energy Security and Infrastructure Act of 2015 – authorizing continuation of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) WaterSense program. From here, the bill goes to the Senate for consideration.
With the goal of protecting the future of the U.S. water supply, PHCC proudly partners with EPA’s WaterSense program, which – since the program’s inception in 2006 – has helped consumers save a cumulative 1.1 trillion gallons of water and more than $21.7 billion in water and energy bills. By promoting and enhancing the market for water-efficient products and services, WaterSense makes every drop count by leveraging relationships with key utility, manufacturer, and retail partners across the United States.
WaterSense is not a regulatory program, but rather a voluntary program. EPA develops specifications for water-efficient products through a public process. If a manufacturer makes a product that meets those specifications, the product is eligible for third-party testing to ensure the stated efficiency and performance criteria have been met. If the product passes the test, the manufacturer is rewarded with the right to put the WaterSense label on that product.
WaterSense makes it easy for consumers to differentiate among products that use less water and reinforces that saving water is easy and often does not require a major lifestyle change. Products that seek the WaterSense label must:
- Achieve national water savings;
- Provide measurable results;
- Perform as well as or better than similar products in the same category; and
- Be water-efficient, using at least 20 percent less water than EPA’s fixture-specific water use.
Among the WaterSense products/services that are readily available to consumers: toilets, bathroom sink faucets (and accessories), flushing urinals, single family new homes, showerheads, and irrigation professionals who have undergone training by WaterSense-labeled certification programs.