Rep. Baca Introduces Water Conservation Legislation
This week, Congressman Joe Baca (D-Rialto) introduced legislation to encourage households to conserve water and fight back against California's growing water crisis. The Household Water Conservation Challenge Act of 2007, H.R. 4571, would give families an individual tax credit of $150.00 if households can show they have decreased their water consumption by 40% in one year.
"Right now, Americans use more water per day than anyone else in the world," said Rep. Baca. "With record levels of drought in 2007 in Southern California and throughout the nation, we must act now. By taking a few simple steps to conserve water, families can do their part to make sure we have enough water for every American."
To qualify for the $150.00 tax credit created in H.R. 4571, individual households must use their metered water bills as proof of a 40% drop in water consumption in a one-year time period. On average, Americans use nearly 1,300 gallons of water per day. In 2007, more than one-third of the United States has suffered through drought conditions. Meanwhile, the world water crisis continues to be one of the greatest public health threats facing the earth. It is estimated that nearly 1.1 billion people lack access to safe drinking water on a daily basis.
"Conserving water is a key part of any effective solution to ending our nation's water crisis," commented Rep. Baca. "Taking a few minutes less in the shower every morning and turning off the water when you brush your teeth can save tens of thousands of gallons of water throughout the year. By extending a tax credit to those households that are proactive in conserving water, we are rewarding Americans who are working to create a better tomorrow."
H.R. 4571 has been referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.