The Irrigation Association (IA) voiced its approval Feb. 19 for the passage of the Water-Use Efficiency and Conservation Research Act by the U.S. House of Representatives.
The bill was passed in the House by a voice vote Feb. 11. It authorizes $100 million over a period of five years to create a research and development program on water-use efficiency and conservation within the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Office of Research and Development. EPA will follow this effort up by incorporating the findings into buildings, at least one residential and one commercial, that highlight the latest water-use efficiency and conservation technologies and designs. These buildings, which will be open to the public, will be used for both educational and research purposes.
IA will work with Rep. Jim Matheson (D-Utah), who introduced the bill, to gain support for the legislation in the Senate.