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The Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) provides agencies with guidance and direction on how to increase water efficiency and reduce water use in federal buildings and campuses.

The key water-related requirements are contained in the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 and the Energy Policy Act of 2005. Learn more about water efficiency requirements.

Agencies are also required to include water-efficient elements in new construction per the Guiding Principles for Sustainable Federal Buildings.

Start improving facility water management by following these steps.


  • Develop a water management plan to improve water facility water management and meet water use reduction goals.




Key Resources

Browse case studies of successful federal projects.
Enables federal agencies to screen sites for water efficiency opportunities and provides a qualitative score indicating water savings potential.
Tools help agencies conduct comprehensive water evaluations required by Section 432 of EISA 2007.
Fact sheet highlights key components of cooling towers and how to improve their water efficiency.
Guidelines assist federal agencies in developing a baseline for their landscaping water use.
Guidelines provide a systematic approach to estimating unmetered industrial water use.
Guide discusses cooling tower side stream filtration options to assist federal sites in optimizing energy and water savings.
Fact sheet provides an overview of side stream filtration options for cooling towers.

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