Senator James Inhofe (R-OK) gave remarks Tuesday before the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee held a hearing on the Environmental Protection Agency's role in promoting water use efficiency.

Our nation currently has hundreds of billions of dollars of needs in both clean water and drinking water infrastructure, Inhofe said.

Many of our systems are reaching the end of their lifetimes and are going to need replacement and repair in the future. Using water more efficiently is one way we can help extend the life of current systems and is important for planning for the future.

Inhofe said using water more effectively helps reduce strain on existing water treatment plants and can help areas like Oklahoma, which has had to deal with drought conditions for several years, better use the water that is available.

In addition to helping stretch our water resources further, Inhofe added, water savings also saves energy.

EPA estimates that 4 percent of the nation's electricity consumption is used moving or treating water and wastewater. In homes with electric water heaters, 25% of their electricity consumption is used to heat water for cleaning and cooking.

I am looking forward to hearing from EPA, Inhofe said in closing his remarks, what they are currently doing to promote and improve water use efficiency, what research and development initiatives they have begun and how they are reaching out to the public to educate them about opportunities to improve their water efficiency.

I am also interested in discerning what some of the current barriers are with assisting and encouraging people become more water efficient and if there is a role for Congress to play.

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