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June 25, 2012

1) U.S. Water Partnership Launched to Address Global Water Challenges
2) EPA Releases Green Infrastructure Permitting and Enforcement Fact Sheets
3) KB Home Builds the First WaterSense-Labeled New Home in the D.C. Metro Area


1) U.S. Water Partnership Launched to Address Global Water Challenges
Last week, U.S. public and private sectors announced that they are dedicating over half a billion dollars to address key water challenges around the world through the newly-formed U.S. Water Partnership. EPA General Counsel Scott Fulton and former EPA Administrator William K. Reilly keynoted the global launch of the partnership, one of six signature initiatives announced by the U.S. government at the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development.

A joint effort of both public and private sectors in the U.S., the U.S. Water Partnership is supported by 41 members including government agencies, academic organizations, water coalitions, non-governmental organizations and the private sector. The partnership was first announced on March 22, 2012 by Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.

For more information on the U.S. Water Partnership, please contact Sasha Koo-Oshima at koo-oshima.sasha@epa.gov or visit http://uswaterpartnership.org/.

2) EPA Releases Green Infrastructure Permitting and Enforcement Fact Sheets
EPA has released a series of six fact sheets on incorporating green infrastructure measures into National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System wet weather programs. The series builds upon existing EPA authority, guidance and agreements to describe how EPA and state permitting and enforcement professionals can work with permittees to include green infrastructure measures as part of control programs. The six fact sheets and four supplements address stormwater permits, total maximum daily loads, combined sewer overflow long-term control plans, and enforcement actions. The series is available at: http://water.epa.gov/infrastructure/greeninfrastructure/gi_regulatory.cfm#permittingseries.

3) KB Home Builds the First WaterSense-Labeled New Home in the D.C. Metro Area
The first home in the Washington, D.C. area to earn EPA's WaterSense label has been built by KB Home in Waldorf, Maryland. Joining the nearly 140 WaterSense-labeled homes across the nation, KB Home's "Zero House 2.0" is also net zero -- meaning it produces more energy than it uses -- and ENERGY STAR-certified. KB Home built the first WaterSense-labeled home in Roseville, California in 2010, and as the 2011 WaterSense Builder Partner of the Year, continues to be a leader in constructing water-saving new homes.

WaterSense-labeled new homes are third-party, independently certified to save water both inside and out. Homes that earn the WaterSense label feature WaterSense-labeled plumbing fixtures, efficient hot water delivery, water smart landscape design, and many other features to ensure that the home will save water for years to come. When compared to a typical home, a WaterSense-labeled new home can help a family of four save 50,000 gallons of water per year and as much as $600 per year on utility costs.

For more information: www.epa.gov/watersense/new_homes

 


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