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IA commends Sens. Udall & Portman for introducing the Water Efficiency Improvement Act of 2017

FAIRFAX, VIRGINIA (Aug. 2, 2017)
— Today, the Irrigation Association commended Sens. Tom Udall and Rob Portman for their efforts in introducing the Water Efficiency Improvement Act of 2017, which authorizes the EPA’s WaterSense program. Currently being considered for elimination by the Trump administration, the WaterSense program requires congressional authorization before it is able to receive direct funding from Congress.

The Water Efficiency Improvement Act of 2017 authorizes the WaterSense program to identify and promote water-efficient products, buildings, facilities, processes and services under the following categories:

  • irrigation technologies and services
  • point-of-use water treatment devices
  • plumbing products
  • reuse and recycling technologies
  • landscaping and gardening products, including moisture control or water-enhancing technologies
  • whole-house humidifiers
  • water-efficient buildings or facilities

“We owe a debt of gratitude to Sens. Udall and Portman for their leadership in developing this legislation,” said IA’s Government and Public Affairs Director John Farner. “The Water Efficiency Improvement Act of 2017 creates a strong WaterSense program focused on enhancing the market for water-efficient technologies and services.”

Sens. Udall and Portman join various other members of Congress, from both parties, in supporting WaterSense authorization. The Water Efficiency Improvement Act of 2017 is the first bill that strictly focuses on authorization, without any spending limits attached to the program.

“It is time for Congress to authorize the WaterSense program,” continued Farner. “Since 2006, WaterSense has successfully promoted water-use efficiency through a strong public-private partnership. We’d like to help ensure that the WaterSense program continues with this success for years to come.”

The IA continues to focus advocacy efforts on the authorization of the WaterSense program. For more information about the IA’s efforts, please visit the IA website.