Kitchen & Bath Design News

MAY 2018

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22 Kitchen & Bath Design News • May 2018 WaterSense Gets Funding from EPA WASHINGTON — The EPA's Water- Sense program will be funded at fiscal year 2017 levels until Sept. 30, 2018, as part of a $1.3 trillion government spend- ing bill passed by Congress and signed by President Donald Trump. Reflecting a bipartisan approach to addressing the nation's water issues, the bill also contains significant increases for clean water infrastructure investment. • $600 million for EPA State Revolving Funds (SRFs) – split equally between the Drinking Water SRF and the Clean Water SRF – for a total of $2.9 billion in funding. • $63 million for the Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA). "Plumbing Manufacturers Interna- tional and our members and partners have worked diligently for more than a year to preserve and maintain Water- Sense," said PMI's CEO/Executive Director Kerry Stackpole. "This is a victory for everyone who cares about assuring that water remains a sustainable resource in the Unit- ed States. We look forward to working with Congress and the ad- ministration to keep WaterSense funding in the fiscal 2019 budget." Plumbing products bearing the WaterSense label are at least 20 percent more water efficient than standard products. To earn the WaterSense label, products must also meet high performance standards and meet third-party certification criteria. Over the past decade, WaterSense prod - ucts have helped consumers save more than 2.1 trillion gallons of water and over $14.2 billion in water and energy bills. PMI and its members have participated in the WaterSense program since its inception in 2006. As a result of the program, plumbing manufacturers have de- veloped more than 20,000 models of WaterSense-labeled products for bathrooms and commercial kitchens. Today, more than 1,700 WaterSense partners, including manufacturers, water utilities, building groups, retailers, associa- tions and communities, collaborate with the EPA on the program. Correction In the "Material Solutions" feature on page 45 of the February 2018 is- sue of Kitchen & Bath Design News, Stephanie Pellatt of Pivot Design in Toronto, Ontario is lead designer of the project. Pivot Design worked in collaboration with Leanne Tam- maro and Adolphina Karachok of Designtheory in Toronto, Ontario. KBDN apologizes for any confusion associated with this credit. Photo: Valerie Wilcox INDUSTRY UPDATE NOTEWORTHY DEVELOPMENTS IMPACTING THE KITCHEN AND BATH MARKET Rooms should never be designed in isolation and that's the genius of our ARTONA ® faucet. Its flowing organic design creates a centerpiece in the kitchen and fits in from the living room — while its powerful hidden spray provides enough energy to wash away even the most stubborn baked on food. And with an accessorizing palette of 8 finishes, ARTONA ® works in perfect harmony, no matter how you look at it. An open kitchen concept is great… If the faucet looks equally great from the sofa. 888-668-6201 Circle No. 12 on Product Card

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