WaterSense in Congress
From the Center for American Progress
By Tom Kenworthy - May 13, 2009
Congress has a bill that would authorize WaterSense, which would raise the program’s profile and provide more market certainty to companies that produce and sell WaterSense products.
- Establish a rebate program, based in individual states, to assist consumers in purchasing water efficient fixtures. For states with existing programs, the legislation would help expand them. Initial federal funding would total $50 million and rise to $150 million a year by 2014.
- Guarantee that the federal government leads by example by directing agencies to purchase water efficient products and take into account water consumption in their procurement practices.
Possible Tax Credits
In another positive development, Rep. Mike Coffman (R-CO) introduced legislation on April 13 that takes an alternative approach. His bill, H.R. 1908, would allow consumers to take up to $1,500 in tax credits for the purchase of WaterSense-endorsed products including showerheads, faucets, toilets, urinals, and certain irrigation items.
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