WaterSense Partnership Agreement

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Section I: EPA WaterSense Program Goals

EPA’s WaterSense program aims to use water resources more efficiently to preserve them for future generations and to reduce water and wastewater infrastructure costs by reducing unnecessary water consumption. Through this program, EPA provides reliable information on high-performing, water-efficient products and practices, raises awareness about the importance of water efficiency, ensures water-efficient product performance, helps consumers identify products and services that use less water, promotes innovation in product development, and supports state and local water-efficiency efforts.

Section II: Partnership Pledge

As an EPA WaterSense program partner, my company shares EPA’s goals as outlined above and is proud to commit to the following activities to further these goals:

  1. Manufacture at least one WaterSense labeled product that will be sold in the United States or Canada within 12 months of execution of this partnership agreement. Notes: A draft or final specification for a product the partner manufac­tures must be available before signing this agreement. Please consult the specification for the timeline of part­nership eligibility.
  2. Have products certified to conform to the relevant WaterSense specification and receive permission to use the WaterSense label by a licensed certifying body accredited in accordance with the WaterSense product certification sys­tem. Inform the licensed certifying body of the brand names, model names, and model numbers for any products that are private labeled by another company.
  3. Ensure EPA is notified when new products, including those products that are private labeled by another company, are certified to WaterSense specifications by providing the brand name, model name, model number(s), and name of the licensed certifying body and associated file number, using the established process.
  4. Include the WaterSense label on product packaging for all products certified to meet a WaterSense specification unless the packaging is too small. Display the WaterSense label in association with any labeled product listed on the organiza­tion’s website.
  5. Educate consumers on the value of water efficiency, the importance of saving water, and the meaning of the WaterSense label. Where feasible, undertake activities and events to achieve mutual WaterSense goals.
  6. Make available to EPA annual data on WaterSense labeled products in categories where EPA’s WaterSense program has established specifications, including unit shipment data, total unit shipments for each model in the product line, and total unit shipments that are WaterSense labeled. This data may be provided directly to EPA or to a third-party organiza­tion with the understanding that neither EPA nor this organization will release individual manufacturer data, but rather aggregate industry-wide data on the relative market share of labeled versus non-labeled products.
  7. Update EPA annually on the availability of labeled products and inform EPA in a timely manner if labeled products are discontinued and/or no longer meet applicable criteria, so EPA can maintain an up-to-date list of labeled products on the program website and in other materials.
  8. Adhere to all policies and procedures contained in the Program Guidelines.
  9. Adhere to WaterSense program mark guidelines and ensure that authorized representatives, such as advertising agen­cies, distributors, and subcontractors, also comply. Help EPA maintain program integrity by alerting EPA or relevant licensed certifying bodies to possible misuse(s) of the WaterSense program marks.
  10. Grant EPA’s WaterSense program permission to include company name on a list of participating partners on the WaterSense website, program materials, and announcements. Also, grant permission to the program to provide information (such as brand name, make, model, web link, and product features) for labeled products on the web listing and pro­gram materials. Partners understand that from time to time, EPA will be interested in profiling partner accomplishments in case studies and articles. If selected for such promotion, partners will have the opportunity to provide input and review the final print or Web document before EPA releases it to the public. Further, partners understand that EPA might refer media contacts interested in publicizing water efficiency to them for information about products and accomplishments.

Section I: EPA WaterSense Program Goals

EPA’s WaterSense program aims to use water resources more efficiently to preserve them for future generations and to reduce water and wastewater infrastructure costs by reducing unnecessary water consumption. Through this program, EPA provides reliable information on high­-performing, water­-efficient products and practices, raises awareness about the impor­tance of water efficiency, ensures water-efficient product performance, helps consumers identify products and services that use less water, promotes innovation in product development, and supports state and local water­-efficiency efforts.

Section II: Partnership Pledge

As an EPA WaterSense program partner, my company shares EPA’s goals as outlined above and is proud to commit to the following activities to further these goals:

  1. Sell, market, and encourage the use of WaterSense labeled products to customers in the United States or Canada within 12 months of execution of this partnership agreement through activities such as in­-store promotions, bag stuffers, shelf talkers, advertising campaigns, and financial incentives for the sale of labeled products. Notes: Before signing this agreement, a draft or final specification for a product the partner currently sells or distributes must be available. Please consult each specification for the timeline of partnership eligibility for that category. Partners must not require installation or consulting services along with products.
  2. If applicable, agree to work with the manufacturer(s) of any privately labeled products to ensure that both the retailer/distributor’s and manufacturer’s information are included in the WaterSense certification file1 and that the WaterSense program mark guidelines are followed.
  3. Adhere to all policies and procedures contained in the Program Guidelines.
  4. Adhere to WaterSense program mark guidelines and ensure that authorized representatives, such as advertising agen­cies and contractors, also comply. Help EPA maintain program integrity by alerting EPA to possible misuse(s) of the WaterSense program marks.
  5. Train sales staff and customer service representatives on EPA’s WaterSense program. This training will include identifica­tion of WaterSense labeled products within the store and on the company website, tips for selling labeled products, and information for answering questions about the WaterSense program.
  6. Educate consumers on the value of water efficiency, the importance of saving water, and the meaning of the WaterSense label. Where feasible, undertake activities and events to achieve mutual WaterSense goals.
  7. Feature the WaterSense partner logo on company website and in other promotional materials.
  8. On an annual basis, provide data to EPA on sales of water-­efficient products or other market indicators to assist in deter­mining the impact of the program in promoting labeled products. The data will be used by EPA only for program evalua­tion purposes and may be provided directly to EPA or to a third-­party organization with the understanding that neither EPA nor this organization will release individual retailer/distributor data.
  9. Grant EPA’s WaterSense program permission to include company name on a list of participating partners on the WaterSense website, program materials, and announcements. Also, grant WaterSense permission to provide non-confi­dential information on labeled products or programs sold on the program website and in program materials. The company understands that from time to time, EPA will be interested in profiling partner accomplishments in case studies and articles. If selected for such promotion, the company will have the opportunity to provide input and review the final print or Web document before EPA releases it to the public. Further, the company understands that EPA might refer media contacts interested in publicizing water efficiency to it for information about products and accomplishments.

1 Applicable only if the retailer/distributor partner is selling private label products under its own brand name and does not already hold a certification file for those products.

Section III: EPA WaterSense Program’s Commitments to Partners

  1. Develop national specifications for water-­efficient products and programs through an open, public process.
  2. Increase awareness of EPA’s WaterSense brand by distributing key messages on the benefits of labeled products and programs, and the importance of water efficiency.
  3. Provide current EPA WaterSense program news, information, and reference documents (via the program website, Helpline, email, or other means), including a listing of labeled products and programs on the website.
  4. Provide WaterSense program partners with public recognition for their involvement in the program and role in protecting the environment through online listing of partners, special awards, and other efforts. This recognition includes, but is not limited to listing partners and labeled products and programs on the EPA WaterSense website.
  5. Respond swiftly to partner requests for information or clarification on EPA’s WaterSense program policies. 
  6. Provide materials, templates, and program marks for promotional use, consistent with the WaterSense Program Guidelines.
  7. Review pre-­press promotional items, draft websites, packaging or other materials that use the WaterSense label, upon request.
  8. Provide tools for training sales staff on WaterSense labeled products and programs. Provide materials for partners to customize for consumer workshops.

Section I: EPA WaterSense Program Goals

EPA’s WaterSense program aims to use water resources more efficiently to preserve them for future generations and to reduce water and wastewater infrastructure costs by reducing unnecessary water consumption. Through this program, EPA provides reliable information on high-performing, water-efficient products and practices, raises awareness about the importance of water efficiency, ensures water-efficient product performance, helps consumers identify products and services that use less water, promotes innovation in product development, and supports state and local water-efficiency efforts.

Section II: Partnership Pledge

As an EPA WaterSense promotional partner, my organization shares EPA's goals as outlined above and is proud to commit to the following activities to further these goals:

  1. Educate consumers, residents, businesses, and institutions located in the United States and Canada on the value of water efficiency, the importance of saving water, and the meaning of the WaterSense label. Where feasible, undertake activities and events to achieve mutual WaterSense goals.
  2. As appropriate, encourage eligible constituents, members, or affiliates to participate as partners in EPA’s WaterSense program.
  3. On an annual basis, provide data to EPA on promotional activities and incentive programs to assist in determining the impact of the program in promoting labeled products.
  4. For applicable trade associations: If asked, provide aggregate data to EPA on market share of WaterSense labeled products and programs in relevant industry. Compile data submitted by members who are also WaterSense partners into a summary report to assist EPA in evaluating market trends and the success of the WaterSense program, without disclosing any proprietary information from members.
  5. Adhere to all policies and procedures contained in the Program Guidelines.
  6. Feature the WaterSense promotional label and partner logo on website and in other promotional materials.
  7. Adhere to WaterSense program mark guidelines and ensure that authorized representatives, such as advertising agencies, distributors, and subcontractors, also comply. Help EPA maintain program integrity by alerting EPA to possible misuse(s) of the WaterSense program marks.
  8. Grant EPA’s WaterSense program permission to include partner’s name on a list of participating partners on the WaterSense website, program materials, and announcements. Partners understand that from time to time, EPA will be interested in profiling partner accomplishments in case studies and articles. If selected for such promotion, partners will have the opportunity to provide input and review the final print or Web document before EPA releases it to the public. Further, the partner understands that EPA might refer media contacts interested in publicizing water efficiency to partners for information about products and accomplishments.

Section III: EPA WaterSense Program’s Commitments to Partners

  1. Develop national specifications for water-efficient new homes, products, and programs through an open, public process.
  2. Increase awareness of the WaterSense brand by distributing key messages on the benefits of labeled products and programs, and the importance of water efficiency.
  3. Provide current EPA WaterSense program news, information, and reference documents (via the program website, WaterSense Helpline, email, or other means), including a listing of labeled products and programs on the website.
  4. Provide WaterSense partners with public recognition for their involvement in the program and role in protecting the environment through online listing of partners, special awards, publications, and other efforts.
  5. Respond swiftly to partner requests for information or clarification on EPA WaterSense program policies.
  6. Provide materials, templates, and program marks for promotional use, consistent with the WaterSense Program Guidelines.
  7. Review pre-press promotional items, draft websites, packaging, or other materials that use the WaterSense marks upon request.

Section I: EPA WaterSense Program Goals

EPA’s WaterSense program aims to use water resources more efficiently to preserve them for future generations and to reduce water and wastewater infrastructure costs by reducing unnecessary water consumption. Through this program, EPA provides reliable information on high-performing, water-efficient new homes, raises awareness about the importance of water efficiency, helps consumers identify new homes that use less water, promotes innovation in residential construction, and supports state and local water-efficiency efforts.

Section II: Partnership Pledge

As a WaterSense program partner, my organization shares EPA’s goals as outlined above and is proud to commit to the following activities to further these goals:

  1. Educate consumers on the value of water efficiency, the importance of saving water, and the meaning of the WaterSense label. Where feasible, undertake activities and events to achieve mutual WaterSense goals.
  2. Build at least one single-family home or townhome, or residential unit in a multi-family building, in the United States or its territories certified to EPA’s WaterSense criteria within 12 months of execution of this partnership agreement and at least one single-family home or townhome, or residential unit in a multi-family building, every year thereafter.
  3. Make arrangements with a licensed certification provider for inspections of new homes to occur. All homes must be inspected unless subject to the sampling protocol defined in the WaterSense New Home Certification System Section V.B.ii.
  4. Provide data to EPA on the number of new homes built, number of new homes labeled, promotional activities, and marketing of WaterSense on an annual basis. The data will be used by EPA for program evaluation purposes.
  5. Adhere to all policies and procedures contained in the Program Guidelines.
  6. Adhere to WaterSense program mark guidelines and ensure that authorized representatives, such as advertising agencies or subcontractors, also comply. Help EPA maintain program integrity by alerting EPA to possible misuse(s) of WaterSense program marks.
  7. Feature the WaterSense partner logo and promotional labels on website and in other marketing materials as applicable.
  8. Grant EPA’s WaterSense program permission to include partner’s name on a list of participating partners on the WaterSense website, program materials, and announcements. Also, grant WaterSense permission to provide non-con­fidential information on labeled new homes on the program website and in program materials. Partners understand that from time to time, EPA will be interested in profiling partner accomplishments in case studies and articles. If selected for such promotion, partners will have the opportunity to provide input and review the final print or Web document before EPA releases it to the public. Further, the partner understands that EPA might refer media contacts interested in publicizing WaterSense to partners for information about labeled new homes and accomplishments.

Section III: EPA WaterSense Program’s Commitments to Partners

  1. Develop national specifications for water-efficient products and programs through an open, public process.
  2. Increase awareness of the EPA WaterSense brand by distributing key messages on the benefits of labeled products and programs, as well as the importance of water efficiency.
  3. Provide current EPA WaterSense program news, information, and reference documents (via the program website, Helpline, email, or other means), including a listing of labeled products on the website.
  4. Provide WaterSense program partners with public recognition for their involvement in the program and role in protect­ing the environment through online listing of partners, special awards, and other efforts. This recognition includes, but is not limited to listing partners and WaterSense labeled products on the program website.
  5. Respond swiftly to partner requests for information or clarification on EPA’s WaterSense program policies.
  6. Provide materials, templates, and logo for promotional use, consistent with the WaterSense Program Guidelines.
  7. Review pre-press promotional items, draft websites, packaging or other materials that use the WaterSense label, upon request.

Section III: EPA WaterSense Program’s Commitments to Partners

  1. Develop national specifications for water-efficient products and programs through an open, public process.
  2. Increase awareness of the EPA WaterSense brand by distributing key messages on the benefits of labeled products and programs, as well as the importance of water efficiency.
  3. Provide current EPA WaterSense program news, information, and reference documents (via the program website, Helpline, email, or other means), including a listing of labeled products on the website.
  4. Provide WaterSense program partners with public recognition for their involvement in the program and role in protecting the environment through online listing of partners, special awards, and other efforts. This recognition includes, but is not limited to listing partners and WaterSense labeled products on the program website.
  5. Respond swiftly to partner requests for information or clarification on EPA’s WaterSense program policies.
  6. Review pre-press promotional items, draft websites, packaging or other materials that use the WaterSense label, upon request.

Section IV: General Terms and Disclaimers

  1. The partner will not construe, claim, or imply that its participation in the EPA WaterSense program constitutes federal government (EPA) approval, acceptance, or endorsement of anything other than the partner’s commitment to the program.
  2. Nothing in this agreement, in and of itself, obligates the EPA to expend appropriations or to enter into any contract, assistance agreement, interagency agreement, or incur other financial obligations that would be inconsistent with Agency budget priorities. The partner agrees not to submit a claim for compensation for services rendered to EPA or any federal agency in connection with any activities it carries out in furtherance of this agreement.
  3. The partner and the EPA WaterSense program will assume good faith as a general principle for resolving conflict and will seek to resolve all matters informally, so as to preserve maximum public confidence in the program.
  4. Failure to comply with any of the terms of this partnership agreement can result in its termination and cessation of access to the benefits of the program, including use of the program marks.
  5. The EPA WaterSense program will actively pursue resolution of noncompliance related to the use of the program marks.
  6. Both parties concur that this agreement is wholly voluntary and may be terminated by either party at any time, and for any reason, with no penalty. Termination will begin effective immediately upon written notice to or from the EPA WaterSense program. Upon the termination of this agreement, partners agree to remove program marks in a timely manner, consistent with the WaterSense program mark guidelines.

Print the partnership agreement terms and conditions (2 pp, 58K, About PDF) for your records.

Section IV: General Terms and Disclaimers

  1. The partner will not construe, claim, or imply that its participation in the EPA WaterSense program constitutes federal government (EPA) approval, acceptance, or endorsement of anything other than the partner’s commitment to the program.
  2. Nothing in this agreement, in and of itself, obligates the EPA to expend appropriations or to enter into any contract, assistance agreement, interagency agreement, or incur other financial obligations that would be inconsistent with Agency budget priorities. The partner agrees not to submit a claim for compensation for services rendered to EPA or any federal agency in connection with any activities it carries out in furtherance of this agreement.
  3. The partner and the EPA WaterSense program will assume good faith as a general principle for resolving conflict and will seek to resolve all matters informally, so as to preserve maximum public confidence in the program.
  4. Failure to comply with any of the terms of this partnership agreement can result in its termination and cessation of access to the benefits of the program, including use of the program marks.
  5. The EPA WaterSense program will actively pursue resolution of noncompliance related to the use of the program marks.
  6. Both parties concur that this agreement is wholly voluntary and may be terminated by either party at any time, and for any reason, with no penalty. Termination will begin effective immediately upon written notice to or from the EPA WaterSense program. Upon termination of this agreement, partners agree to remove program marks in a timely manner, consistent with the WaterSense program mark guidelines.

Print the partnership agreement terms and conditions (2 pp, 55K, About PDF) for your records.

Section IV: General Terms and Disclaimers

  1. The partner will not construe, claim, or imply that its participation in the EPA WaterSense program constitutes federal government (EPA) approval, acceptance, or endorsement of anything other than the partner’s commitment to the program.
  2. Nothing in this agreement, in and of itself, obligates the EPA to expend appropriations or to enter into any contract, assistance agreement, interagency agreement, or incur other financial obligations that would be inconsistent with Agency budget priorities. The partner agrees not to submit a claim for compensation for services rendered to EPA or any federal agency in connection with any activities it carries out in furtherance of this agreement.
  3. The partner and the EPA WaterSense program will assume good faith as a general principle for resolving conflict and will seek to resolve all matters informally, so as to preserve maximum public confidence in the program.
  4. No building, facility, or structure will be WaterSense labeled as a result of this agreement. If additional WaterSense partner categories become available, affected organizations will be asked to reapply for partnership in the new category.
  5. Failure to comply with any of the terms of this partnership agreement can result in its termination and cessation of access to the benefits of the program, including use of the program marks.
  6. The EPA WaterSense program will actively pursue resolution of noncompliance related to the use of the program marks.
  7. Both parties concur that this agreement is wholly voluntary and may be terminated by either party at any time, and for any reason, with no penalty. Termination will begin effective immediately upon written notice to or from the EPA WaterSense program. Upon termination of this agreement, partners agree to remove program marks in a timely manner, consistent with the WaterSense program mark guidelines.

Print the partnership agreement terms and conditions (2 pp, 81K, About PDF) for your records.

Section IV: General Terms and Disclaimers

  1. The partner will not construe, claim, or imply that its participation in the EPA WaterSense program constitutes fed­eral government (EPA) approval, acceptance, or endorsement of anything other than the partner’s commitment to the program.
  2. Nothing in this agreement, in and of itself, obligates the EPA to expend appropriations or to enter into any con­tract, assistance agreement, interagency agreement, or incur other financial obligations that would be inconsistent with Agency budget priorities. The partner agrees not to submit a claim for compensation for services rendered to EPA or any federal agency in connection with any activities it carries out in furtherance of this agreement.
  3. The partner and the EPA WaterSense program will assume good faith as a general principle for resolving conflict and will seek to resolve all matters informally, so as to preserve maximum public confidence in the program.
  4. No building, home, facility, or structure will be WaterSense labeled as a result of this agreement. If additional WaterSense partner categories become available, affected organizations will be asked to reapply for partnership in the new category.
  5. Failure to comply with any of the terms of this partnership agreement can result in its termination and cessation of access to the benefits of the program, including use of the program marks.
  6. The EPA WaterSense program will actively pursue resolution of noncompliance related to the use of the program marks.
  7. Both parties concur that this agreement is wholly voluntary and may be terminated by either party at any time, and for any reason, with no penalty. Termination will begin effective immediately upon written notice to or from the WaterSense program. Upon the termination of this agreement, partners agree to remove program marks in a timely manner, consistent with the WaterSense program mark guidelines.

Print the partnership agreement terms and conditions (2 pp, 55K, About PDF) for your records.

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