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H.R.123 - Water Advanced Technologies for Efficient Resource Use Act of 2013
To encourage water efficiency.
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Mr. HOLT (for himself and Mr. GEORGE MILLER of California) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committees on Oversight and Government Reform and Armed Services, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concernedCommentsClose CommentsPermalink
SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.
SEC. 2. WATERSENSE.
(a) In General- There is established within the Environmental Protection Agency a WaterSense program to identify and promote water efficient products, buildings and landscapes, and services in order--CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
through voluntary labeling of, or other forms of communications about, products, buildings and landscapes, and services that meet the highest water efficiency and performance standards.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(2) work to enhance public awareness of the WaterSense label through public outreach, education, water recycling and reuse technology research and development, and other means;CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(3) establish and maintain performance standards so that products, buildings and landscapes, and services labeled with the WaterSense label perform as well or better than their less efficient counterparts;CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(4) publicize the importance of proper installation of WaterSense plumbing products by a WaterSense-certified or, if WaterSense certification guidelines do not exist, licensed plumber or mechanical contractor, and the installation, maintenance, and audit of WaterSense irrigation systems by a WaterSense-certified irrigation professional to ensure optimal performance;CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(6) regularly review and, when appropriate, update WaterSense criteria for categories of products, buildings and landscapes, and services, at least once every four years;CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(7) regularly collect and make available to the public summary data on the production and relative market shares of WaterSense labeled products, buildings and landscapes, and services, at least annually;CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(8) regularly estimate and make available to the public the water and energy savings attributable to the use of WaterSense labeled products, buildings and landscapes, and services, at least annually;CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(9) solicit comments from interested parties and the public prior to establishing or revising a WaterSense category, specification, installation criterion, or other criterion (or prior to effective dates for any such category, specification, installation criterion, or other criterion);CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(10) provide reasonable notice to interested parties and the public of any changes (including effective dates), on the adoption of a new or revised category, specification, installation criterion, or other criterion, along with--CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(11) provide appropriate lead time (as determined by the Administrator) prior to the applicable effective date for a new or significant revision to a category, specification, installation criterion, or other criterion, taking into account the timing requirements of the manufacturing, marketing, training, and distribution process for the specific product, building and landscape, or service category addressed; andCommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(12) identify and, where appropriate, implement other voluntary approaches, such as labeling waterless devices that perform the same function as a water consuming product or encouraging reuse, reclamation, and recycling technologies, in commercial, institutional, residential, municipal, and industrial sectors to improve water efficiency or lower water use while meeting the performance standards established under paragraph (3).CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(c) Authorization of Appropriations- There are authorized to be appropriated $7,500,000 for fiscal year 2014, $10,000,000 for fiscal year 2015, $20,000,000 for fiscal year 2016, and $50,000,000 for fiscal year 2017 and each year thereafter, adjusted for inflation, to carry out this section.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
SEC. 3. FEDERAL PROCUREMENT OF WATER EFFICIENT PRODUCTS.
(4) FEMP DESIGNATED PRODUCT- The term ‘FEMP designated product’ means a product that is designated under the Federal Energy Management Program of the Department of Energy as being among the highest 25 percent of equivalent products for efficiency.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(5) PRODUCT AND SERVICE- The terms ‘product’ and ‘service’ do not include any water consuming product or service designed or procured for combat or combat-related missions. The terms also exclude products or services already covered by the Federal procurement regulations established under section 553 of the National Energy Conservation Policy Act (
(1) REQUIREMENT- To meet the requirements of an agency for a water consuming product or service, the head of the agency shall, except as provided in paragraph (2), procure--CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
A WaterSense plumbing product should preferably, when possible, be installed by a WaterSense-certified or, if WaterSense certification guidelines do not exist, licensed plumber or mechanical contractor, and a WaterSense irrigation system should preferably, when possible, be installed, maintained, and audited by a WaterSense-certified irrigation professional to ensure optimal performance.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(2) EXCEPTIONS- The head of an agency is not required to procure a WaterSense product or service or FEMP designated product under paragraph (1) if the head of the agency finds in writing that--CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(A) a WaterSense product or service or FEMP designated product is not cost-effective over the life of the product, taking current and future energy, water, and wastewater cost savings into account; orCommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(3) PROCUREMENT PLANNING- The head of an agency shall incorporate into the specifications for all procurements involving water consuming products and systems, including guide specifications, project specifications, and construction, renovation, and services contracts that include provision of water consuming products and systems, and into the factors for the evaluation of offers received for the procurement, criteria used for rating WaterSense products and services and FEMP designated products. The head of an agency shall consider, to the maximum extent practicable, additional measures for reducing agency water consumption, including water reuse, reclamation, and recycling technologies, leak detection and repair, and use of waterless products that perform similar functions to existing water-consuming products.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(c) Listing of Water Efficient Products in Federal Catalogs- WaterSense products and services and FEMP designated products shall be clearly identified and prominently displayed in any inventory or listing of products by the General Services Administration or the Defense Logistics Agency. The General Services Administration and the Defense Logistics Agency shall supply only WaterSense products or FEMP designated products for all product categories covered by the WaterSense program or the Federal Energy Management Program, except in cases where the agency ordering a product specifies in writing that no WaterSense product or FEMP designated product is available to meet the buyer’s functional requirements, or that no WaterSense product or FEMP designated product is cost-effective for the intended application over the life of the product, taking energy, water, and wastewater cost savings into account.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(d) Regulations- Not later than 180 days after the date of enactment of this Act, the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency shall issue regulations to carry out this section.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
SEC. 4. EARLY ADOPTER WATER EFFICIENT PRODUCTS INCENTIVE PROGRAMS.
(2) ELIGIBLE ENTITY- The term ‘eligible entity’ means a State government, local or county government, tribal government, wastewater or sewage utility, municipal water authority, energy utility, water utility, or nonprofit organization that meets the requirements of subsection (b).CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(3) INCENTIVE PROGRAM- The term ‘incentive program’ means a program for administering financial incentives for consumer purchase and installation of residential water efficient products and services as described in subsection (b)(1).CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(4) RESIDENTIAL WATER EFFICIENT PRODUCT OR SERVICE- The term ‘residential water efficient product or service’ means a product or service for a single-family or multifamily residence or its landscape that is rated for water efficiency and performance--CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
Categories of water efficient products and services may include faucets, irrigation technologies and services, point-of-use water treatment devices, reuse, reclamation, and recycling technologies, toilets, and showerheads.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(5) STATE- The term ‘State’ means each of the several States of the United States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the United States Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(1) establishes (or has established) an incentive program to provide rebates, vouchers, other financial incentives, or direct installs to consumers for the purchase and installation of residential water efficient products or services;CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(3) provides assurances satisfactory to the Administrator that the entity will use the allocation to supplement, but not supplant, funds made available to carry out the incentive program.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(c) Amount of Allocations- For each fiscal year, the Administrator shall determine the amount to allocate to each eligible entity to carry out subsection (d) taking into consideration--CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(2) the targeted population of the eligible entity’s incentive program, such as general households, low-income households, or first-time homeowners, and the probable effectiveness of the incentive program for that population;CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(d) Use of Allocated Funds- Funds allocated to an entity under subsection (c) may be used to pay up to 50 percent of the cost of establishing and carrying out an incentive program.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(e) Fixture Recycling- Entities are encouraged to promote or implement fixture recycling programs to manage the disposal of older fixtures replaced due to the incentive program under this section.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(f) Issuance of Rebates- Financial incentives may be provided to consumers that meet the requirements of the incentive program. The entity may issue all financial incentives directly to consumers or, with approval of the Administrator, delegate some or all financial incentive administration to other organizations including, but not limited to, local governments, municipal water authorities, and water utilities. The amount of a financial incentive shall be determined by the entity, taking into consideration--CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(2) the amount of any Federal, State, or other organization’s tax or financial incentive available for the purchase of the residential water efficient product or service;CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(g) Authorization of Appropriations- There are authorized to be appropriated to the Administrator to carry out this section $50,000,000 for fiscal year 2014, $100,000,000 for fiscal year 2015, $150,000,000 for fiscal year 2016, $100,000,000 for fiscal year 2017, and $50,000,000 for fiscal year 2018.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink