Water Efficiency in Federal Buildings and Campuses

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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.

Three legal authorities require agencies to reduce water use and implement water efficiency measures: Executive Order (E.O.) 13693, 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. In addition, the installation of water meters is required by E.O. 13693.

Get Started

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.





  • Find training on how to better manage water use.

What Success Looks Like

Read case studies about agencies that have successfully implemented water-reduction technologies and measures.

Need Assistance?

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Saralyn Bunch | U.S. Department of Energy | 202-586-3267

Kate McMordie Stoughton | Pacific Northwest National Laboratory | 509-371-7258