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The Omnibus Bill passed by Congress provides a victory for ASA and other industry associations that have been working together to ensure funding is available for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) WaterSense Program and for improvements in water infrastructure.
Jim Kendzel, ASA vice president of Advocacy, said: “The EPA WaterSense program is a voluntary testing and listing program that provides consumers the assurance that water efficient plumbing fixtures and appliances meet WaterSense standards. ASA is proud to be a WaterSense Partner.”
The EPA WaterSense Program a voluntary partnership program sponsored by the EPA, is both a label for water-efficient products and a resource for helping you save water.
WaterSense-labeled products and services are certified to use at least 20 percent less water, save energy, and perform as well as or better than regular models..
The Omnibus Bill contains the following funding for water infrastructure: USDA will get $1.057 billion to upgrade rural water and wastewater infrastructure; the Department of the Interior will get $196 million for the implementation of drought-related provisions of the Water Infrastructure Improvement for the Nation Act of 2016; the EPA will receive $2.89 billion, an additional $300 million, in funding for the Clean Water and Drinking Water State Revolving Loan funds, which helps state and local government fund water treatment and other infrastructure.
To learn more about the bill, visit ASA.net.