AWE Releases Paper on the National Economic Benefit of Water Efficiency Programs

Dec. Transforming water coverAWE's report "Transforming Water: Water Efficiency as Infrastructure Investment" estimates that a $13-$15 billion boost to the U.S. economy is possible through water efficiency. In addition to the growth in GDP, an investment in water and energy efficiency programs could create 120,000 to 260,000 new jobs while saving between 6.5 and 10 trillion gallons of water! Click here to learn more and to view the full report.

AWE Releases Draft 2017 State Scorecard for Public Comment

State Scorecard_Public Comment Draft COVERAWE has partnered with the Environmental Law Institute to produce a five-year update of the 2012 State Scorecard. The 2017 version used a 16-question survey which created more than a thousand possible data points that had to be individually reviewed and verified. Now, the report is open for public comment. Click here to view the draft report and for more information on how to comment.

AWE Files Support Letters on Tax Exempt Rebates

congressThe Alliance for Water Efficiency has filed letters of support for two Congressional Bills that would make water conservation rebates exempt from federal tax. S. 1464 and H.R. 448 are bills that have been introduced that will make water conservation rebates exempt. Click here for more information and to view the letters of support. 

Cooling Tower Research Study

Cooling_tower_Denver waterThe Alliance for Water Efficiency is excited to announce the launch of its Cooling Tower Technologies Research Project. The overall purpose of this study is to gain foundational knowledge needed to create effective, targeted, and appealing incentive and outreach programs to achieve greater efficiency in cooling tower systems. Click here to learn more about how to get involved with this study.  

AWE Presents 2017 Water Star Award to Carole Baker

Water Star LogoCarole Baker, President & CEO of the Texas Water Foundation and former AWE Board Chair, was awarded AWE's 2017 Water Star Award. This annual award honors an individual who has been an "unsung hero" for water conservation. Click here to learn more about this award and the positive impact that Carole has made throughout her career.

AWE Files Letters of Support for WaterSense Authorization

WaterSense LogoOn September 5, the Alliance for Water Efficiency filed support letters with dozens of organizations signing on in support. Letters were filed for HR 3248, S 1137, and S 1700. In addition, a support letter was filed by AWE for S 1460. Click here for more information.

At the urging of AWE and other industry partners, the U.S. House Appropriations Subcommittee issued its FY 2018 agency funding report rejecting the proposed elimination of the WaterSense® program. Click here to learn more.

On April 25, AWE delivered a letter to EPA Administrator Pruitt with 187 organizations calling for preserved program funding. View it here.

New Video: Good Question - Why Are My Water Rates Going Up?

GoodQuestionLogoAWE has released a new video to explain why water rates may be going up, even as customers are using less. Click here to view the video.

Also view our Water: What You Pay For Video to learn about the water service a typical residential water bill covers, and the costs of delivering a consistent, reliable flow of safe and affordable drinking water to faucets. Customization opportunities for both videos are available for AWE members. If interested, please contact Megan Chery.

The California Water Efficiency Partnership to Formally Affiliate with AWE

AWE CWEP logos verticalAWE is pleased to announce that it has begun negotiations with the California Water Efficiency Partnership with the goal to formalize a relationship between the two organizations. The specific details of the affiliation will be negotiated over the summer. Read more here

Net Blue Toolkit to Help Communities Pursue Water-Neutral Growth

Net Blue Logo smallerAs population growth increases pressure on finite water supplies, the Alliance for Water Efficiency, Environmental Law Institute, and River Network launched the Net Blue Ordinance Toolkit to help communities pursue sustainable development without increasing overall water demands.  The Toolkit is designed to help communities facing diverse challenges to find the solution that best matches their water supply situation, governance structures, and conservation opportunities. The Model Ordinance Worksheet guides users through the development of a water-offset ordinance tailored to their political climate, legal framework, and environmental conditions. The Offset Methodology Workbook helps evaluate and select strategies to offset the projected new potable water use. Click here to learn more about the Net Blue Toolkit!

Commercial Kitchens Guide

Commercial Kitchens IconThe new member-only Commercial Kitchens Water Use Efficiency and Best Practices Guide will help improve water efficiency in commercial kitchen operations. It is specifically designed for members of the commercial kitchens, food service, and hospitality industries. The Guide covers day-to-day best practices, case study summaries, and strategies for efficient management of the most common high-use equipment. Members can order printed copies of the Guide at a bulk rate. We are collecting orders now. Click here to learn more.

Join Our Email Mailing List Today!

Join Email ListingThe Alliance for Water Efficiency maintains a mailing list to keep in contact with its members and all those interested in the latest happenings in water conservation. To receive updates on all AWE activities, the efforts of like-minded organizations, and up-to-date news on all things related to water efficiency, click here to sign up for the mailing list.

AWE: About Us

Video CaptureAWE has released a video highlighting our accomplishments, goals, and benefits of membership. Hear from current and former AWE Board members, organizational members, and staff about how we’re working toward our mission of water sustainability for North America. Not an AWE member? Watch the video and find out what you will gain by joining us.

AWE G480 Standard Leaderboard

G480-snapshotThe Alliance for Water Efficiency is recognizing utilities that have adopted and complied with the voluntary G480 Water Conservation Program Operation and Management Standard. Cobb County Water System is the first utility to appear on the G480 Leaderboard, having achieved Gold Recognition. To learn more about the scoring criteria and how to get your utility on the Leaderboard, click here.

AWE Publishes Financing Sustainable Water Resources for Water Managers

FSW-Logo-SmrThe Alliance for Water Efficiency has launched Financing Sustainable Water, an initiative created to help water managers build better rate structures that improve revenue stability, yet encourage resource efficiency. Aimed at combatting the common misperception that conservation makes rates rise, the Financing Sustainable Water initiative was designed to provide helpful tools and data to water managers, elected officials, and consumers. Learn more here.