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EPA Funds Available to Support Public Awareness on Water Efficiency

Washington, D.C. — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Assistant Administrator for Water, G. Tracy Mehan, III, recently announced that the Agency is planning a national program to promote water-efficient products to consumers. Water use has gained national attention with more than 36 states expecting to experience water shortages over the next ten years even without drought conditions. A total of $400,000 has been made available in the 2003 Budget to support the program.

One of the tools under consideration is a water efficient product labeling program that is based on EPA's highly successful Energy Star program, a government-backed program to protect the environment through superior energy efficiency.

As a first step, the EPA will hold a series of stakeholder meetings, the first one scheduled for Oct. 9, 2003 in Washington, D.C., to develop opportunities to promote water efficiency in the residential, commercial and industrial sectors.

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