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Water Efficiency

Water is one of our most precious natural resources, and although the United States has an abundant supply, it is not evenly distributed throughout the country. Recent droughts illustrate that many areas are severely undersupplied. Federal facilities have a tremendous opportunity to lead by example within their communities to showcase innovative and cost-effective water efficiency strategies.

Agencies are required to implement water efficiency efforts. The Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) considers water efficiency to be an integral part of every comprehensive energy/resource management program. This is because water requires significant energy input for treatment, pumping, heating, and process uses.

Federal agencies have been making tremendous strides in their water efficiency efforts during the past few years. With new Federal directives, Federal agencies must continue to conserve water. FEMP's mission is to assist agencies in water efficiency and meeting Federal mandates.

Learn about:

  • Federal Requirements: Look up requirements for agency water use reduction.
  • Analysis and Evaluation: Guidance and data for water efficiency projects involving analysis and evaluation
  • Best Management Practices: Series of 14 Best Management Practices for Federal water efficiency developed by FEMP and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
  • Case Studies: Sample Federal water programs aligned with the 14 Best Management Practices for Federal water efficiency
  • Resources: Federal, state, and local resources for water efficiency and management, including guidebooks, associations, and related links
  • Contacts: FEMP and U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) national laboratory contacts for Federal water efficiency and management.

Read about water-efficiency program prioritization.