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Federal Laws and Regulations

This sections highlights federal laws that govern the use of water on federal property and military installations.

Federal Energy and Water Conservation Directives

Recent federal laws and regulations require Federal agencies to reduce water use and improve water efficiency by establishing specific water conservation targets as well as through new water management and reporting requirements.

Historical Federal Energy Directives

Federal laws and regulations require Federal agencies to meet multiple energy management requirements relating to energy efficiency, renewable energy, water conservation, and alternative fuel use.

  • National Energy Conservation Policy Act - Fully Amended  (1978) serves as the underlying authority for Federal energy management goals and requirements.

  • Energy Policy Act of 1992 (EPAct 1992) amended the National Energy Conservation Policy Act (NECPA) and established several energy management goals.

  • Executive Order 13221 Energy Efficient Standby Power Devices (2001), calls for Federal agencies to purchase products that use minimal standby power when possible.

  • Energy Policy Act of 2005 (EPAct 2005) codified national goals for DoD installations to design and implement water efficiency Best Management Practices (BMPs) and develop a water management plan. 

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