Water Guidance for EO 13423 Released

April 11, 2008

The newly released guidance for implementing the water efficiency requirements of Executive Order 13423 provides clarification and guidance to achieve the water reduction goals of section 2(c) of the EO and EO Implementing Instructions.

Beginning in 2008, Federal agencies must reduce water consumption intensity through life-cycle cost-effective measures, relative to the baseline of the agency's water consumption in FY 2007 by 2 percent annually through the end of FY 2015 or 16 percent by the end of FY 2015.

This guidance was developed to assist in the interpretation of, and ultimate compliance with, EO 13423. Specifically, three key elements of compliance were identified and presented: baseline development, efficiency opportunity identification/implementation, and necessary reporting. For each key area, this document provides EO 13423 interpretation, suggests a path forward, and provides resources for additional information.

The guidance is now available on the FEMP Web site (PDF 211 KB). Download Adobe Reader.