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The House of Representatives' Appropriations Committee, which oversees EPA funding, outlined its support of the EPA’s WaterSense program while rejecting its proposed elimination in a report accompanying its approved fiscal year 2019 (FY19) budget for the Departments of Interior and EPA.
Administered by the EPA, WaterSense is a voluntary, consumer product program that promotes water efficiency. The WaterSense label signifies that the product meets high performance standards while using at least 20 percent less water than products meeting federal water-efficiency standards.
Plumbing Manufacturers International and its members, along with a number of trade associations and non-governmental organizations, have met with dozens of members of Congress, including members of the Appropriations Committee, to underscore the benefits of the program.
Earlier this year, the Trump Administration targeted 50 EPA programs for elimination, including the WaterSense program.
Plumbing manufacturers have developed more than 21,000 WaterSense-labeled product models for commercial kitchens.