PMI supports Senate legislation
authorizing WaterSense program.
This would provide a dedicated source of funding for the water
equivalent of EnergyStar.
Tom Udall (D) of New Mexico introduced legislation, The WaterSense Efficiency,
Conservation, and Adaptation Act,that would authorize and enhance the EPA
WaterSense program, providing a dedicated source of funding for the water
equivalent of EnergyStar. PMI supports Senate legislation authorizing WaterSense
“We applaud Senator Udall for introducing this legislation which recognizes the
importance of the WaterSense program, a public-private partnership, that
encourages consumers to decrease indoor water use through more efficient
plumbing products, services, and practices which will save water, as well as
money and energy,” said Barbara C. Higgens, PMI CEO/executive director.
PMI and its members have been actively encouraging such legislation recognizing
that there is an urgent need to address rampant water leakage resulting from our
aging infrastructure, and from the extreme droughts affecting parts of the US.
The U.S. Geological Survey estimates that approximately 16% of treated water
never reaches the tap. This loss of treated water is the direct result of an
aging and deteriorating system of pipes and plants that comprise our nation’s
water infrastructure. By simply replacing old, water-intensive plumbing fixtures
and installing water-efficient plumbing fixtures, we can reduce water usage by
billions of gallons a day.
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What is the EPA
WaterSense is an EPA-industry partnership effort to set
voluntary technical standards for a variety of plumbing
products, such as toilets, showerheads, and faucets that are
at least 20 percent more efficient than the current federal
level, without sacrificing performance. By taking advantage
of the high-performing, water saving technology currently
available, we can reduce water usage by billions of gallons
a day and trillions of gallons of water annually.
EPA conservatively estimates that 3
billion gallons of water per day in water savings would be achieved
— about 7% of total publicly supplied water — by retrofitting
pre-1992 toilets, showerheads, and faucets in residences with water
WaterSense products are easily found at home improvement stores, as
well as showrooms across the country, and are available in a wide
variety of price points and in a broad range of styles. Water
efficient plumbing products help consumers and communities reduce
the strain on our aging infrastructure and provide much needed
relief to areas suffering from droughts.
PMI has been a proud WaterSense partner since 2007, along with many
of its member companies.
Plumbing Manufacturers International is the voluntary,
not-for-profit international industry association of manufacturers
of plumbing products, serving as the Voice of the Plumbing Industry.
Member companies produce a substantial quantity of the nation’s
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