Congressman Jerry McNerney

Representing the 9th District of California
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McNerney Amendment To Improve Water Efficiency Passes House Committee On Energy And Commerce

Jan 29, 2014
Press Release
Washington D.C. – Yesterday Congressman Jerry McNerney’s (CA-09) amendment to H.R. 2126, the Better Buildings Act of 2013, passed unanimously during markup of the bill in the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.  Rep. McNerney’s amendment adds cost-effective water efficiency measures to the bill.
 
“In light of the fragile state of California’s water supply, it’s essential that increasing our water efficiency and availability becomes a priority,” said Rep. McNerney.  “My amendment creates guidelines that encourage investment in water efficient technology by both building owners and tenants.”
 
H.R. 2126 directs the General Services Administration (GSA) to work with the Department of Energy to develop best practices to encourage commercial building owners and tenants to invest in cost-effective energy efficiency measures. H.R. 2126 is now expected to proceed to the House floor for a vote.  
 
“Our nation’s energy and water infrastructure are closely linked; it’s critical that we work to identify opportunities to become more efficient in both these areas. We must take commonsense approaches that help conserve our resources while also fostering innovation for new energy technologies that increase the stability of our water supply,” said Rep. McNerney.
 
“The Alliance for Water Efficiency strongly supports the inclusion of cost-effective water efficiency measures in HR 2126 and we congratulate Rep. Jerry McNerney for leading the way on this important issue.  Water and energy are connected in many fundamental ways; because of the amount of energy needed to pump, treat, and heat water, a strategy for saving water saves energy too.  This excellent amendment will ensure that the Better Buildings Act of 2013 captures that benefit,” said Mary Ann Dickinson, President and CEO of the Alliance for Water Efficiency.