IAPMO Leads Coalition Effort Urging Epa To Continue Funding Watersense
IAPMO, The High-Performance Buildings Coalition, and 61 of the nation’s leading manufacturers, associations, and professional organizations in the building industry delivered a letter recently to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt urging continued federal funding for the highly successful WaterSense program.
WaterSense is a voluntary product efficiency labeling program that identifies efficient and high-performing water-consuming products. While EPA spends approximately $3 million a year to administer the program, it has saved consumers more than $33 billion in water and energy bills since the program’s inception in 2006. The program is widely supported across the building industry and has enjoyed bipartisan support on Capitol Hill throughout its existence. This support is not only due to the program’s successful outcomes, but also because of the quality and integrity of the products bearing the WaterSense label, which are the result of federal government oversight and third-party certification. This has allowed WaterSense to benefit consumers and industry alike.
“IAPMO has long partnered with EPA on the WaterSense program,” IAPMO CEO GP Russ Chaney said. “We fully understand the desire to reign in our federal spending, but to eliminate such a small but impactful program like WaterSense will have detrimental effects on many U.S. manufacturers, home builders, retailers, and construction trades.”