National Institute of Building Sciences Issues Report on Access to Clean Water and Sanitation

Feb. 22, 2024
The Consultative Council’s Clean Water and Sanitation report will be included in a three-part 2024 Moving Forward Report to POTUS this spring.

WASHINGTON, DC — The National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS) today issued a new report entitled Clean Water, Sanitation, and the Built Environment, focusing on how commercial and residential buildings access and use water resources.

The water and sanitation access report calls for:

  • Improved and increased data collection efforts regarding water access, quality, and use in households and buildings.
  • Increased market share for WaterSense and other efficiency programs, expansion of the use of alternate water sources, and increased focus to water efficiency as it relates to energy efficiency.
  • Increased funding for centralized and decentralized water and sanitation infrastructure, especially for projects in underserved communities, and support for strong water treatment standards.

“The development of a national strategy to provide sustainable water and sanitation services to rural and disadvantaged communities is of critical importance,” said Stephen T. Ayers, Interim President & CEO. “Part of this must include increased funding for water sector workforce programs to ensure a pipeline of future skilled workers.”

The report was prepared by the NIBS Consultative Council, an assembly of high-level building leaders that makes recommendations directly to the President of the United States, Congress, and state and local policymakers to improve the nation’s buildings and infrastructure.

To download a copy of the report visit


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