California Adopts Statewide Emergency Water Conservation Regulations

SWRCB_Logo1-SmrTo cope with its deepening drought, the State of California adopted on July 15, 2014 an emergency resolution and regulation which mandates minimum actions by water providers to curb water waste and conserve water.   Contained within the State regulation is a reference to the rates work being compiled by AWE to assist water utilities in the recovery of revenue which may be declining as a result of drought restrictions.  Download a copy of the regulations here.

House Passes Ban on Federal Funding of Efficient Toilets

House-Seal-SmrIn a stunning move on July 10, the U.S. House of Representatives passed House Amendment #1046 on a voice vote to the 2015 Energy and Water Appropriations Act (H.R. 4923) which would prohibit any federal spending for efficient toilets. The Alliance for Water Efficiency is moving to ensure that the U.S. Senate has the information it needs to correctly assess the value of these important investments to an increasingly water short country. Learn more here.

AWE President Testifies Before U.S. Senate Committee

SENR-Logo-SmOn June 25, AWE President and CEO Mary Ann Dickinson testified before the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy & Natural Resources.  The purpose of the hearing was to hear testimony on S.1971, the "Nexus of Energy and Water for Sustainability Act of 2014." AWE provided testimony along with the Department of Energy, Department of the Interior, Congressional Research Service, and The Electric Power Research Institute, Inc. Learn more here.

AWE Announces Annual Membership Meeting Speaker

BruceRhodes-SmOn Tuesday, October 7, 2014 AWE will hold its annual membership meeting right before the start of the WaterSmart Innovations Conference in Las Vegas.  We are pleased to announce that Bruce Rhodes, Manager of Water Resource Management at Melbourne Water, will be the headline speaker.  Click here for more information.

Colorado Adopts High-Efficiency Plumbing Standards

Seal_of_Colorado_thumbOn Friday, June 6, Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper signed into law SB14-103, which requires that as of September 1, 2016 all tank-type toilets, urinals, faucets and showerheads meet the same flow requirements as WaterSense labeled plumbing fixtures.  This makes Colorado the fourth state to adopt WaterSense specifications, following California, Georgia, and Texas. Congratulations to all those who worked so hard on this important legislative victory in Colorado!  Click here to see the enacted bill.

AWE Submits Letters of Support on Landmark Bills

Congress bld smallOn May 15, AWE submitted letters of support on six important pieces of federal legislation (HR.4114, S.1971, S.2019, S.2225, S.2226, and S.2227) that promote water efficiency as a matter of federal policy. The bills focus specifically on congressional authorization for the WaterSense program, adequate funding for water efficiency incentives, creation of water efficiency tax credits, and timely federal recognition of the Energy-Water Nexus. 32 organizations have signed on as supporters of the various bills.  A PDF of each letter is available for download on the AWE Legislative Watch page. Once there, scroll down to the bill of interest to find the download link.

New Federal Water & Energy White Paper Released

serve-1On May 6, 2014 the U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee released a white paper entitled, The Energy-Water Nexus: Interlinked Resources That Are Vital for Economic Growth and Sustainability, which references work done by AWE.  The release was announced in a keynote address by U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska).  For more information and to download the white paper click here.

AWE Wins 2014 U.S. Water Prize

USWaterPrizeLogo-SmThe Alliance for Water Efficiency has won the 2014 U.S. Water Prize in the non-profit category. The prestigious award is given annually by the U.S. Water Alliance to organizations that engage in sustainable solutions and advance holistic, watershed-based approaches to water quality and quantity challenges. The prize was presented to AWE on April 7 at the National Geographic Society Headquarters in Washington, D.C. Learn more here.

AWE in Times Square!

AWE's Never Waste ad is now running on the CBS "Super Screen" strategically positioned at 42nd St. between 7th and 8th Ave. in the heart of the Times Square Plaza. Our 10 second ad can be seen below.


20 Years of the Energy Policy Act: 18.2 Trillion Gallons of Water Saved

AWE_plumbing_final_low_res-tinyThe Alliance for Water Efficiency is celebrating World Water Day 2014 by highlighting the power of plumbing and policy to help ensure sustainable water supplies. On the 20th anniversary of the implementation of Energy Policy Act of 1992, AWE has found that more efficient toilets have saved the nation 18.2 trillion gallons of water, enough to supply the cities of Los Angeles, Chicago and New York for 20 years. Learn more here.

The White House Launches Climate Data Initiative with Strong Commitments, Including AWE

whitehouseIn support of the President’s Climate Data Initiative, AWE commits to developing and delivering data-driven information, assistance and education to help businesses, communities and consumers prepare for the impacts of climate change by using water more sustainably.  Learn more here.

California Governor Brown Signs Drought Legislation

CaliforniaPicOn Saturday, March 1, 2014, California Governor Brown signed legislation to assist drought-affected communities and provide funding to better use local water supplies.  “Legislators across the aisle have now voted to help hard-pressed communities that face water shortages,” said Governor Brown. “This legislation marks a crucial step – but Californians must continue to take every action possible to conserve water.”  Learn more here.

Conservation Helps Limit Rate Increases for a Colorado Utility

AWE-Colorado-Article-FINAL-cvr-SmrThere is a commonly held belief in the water industry that declining per capita usage due to water conservation is forcing rate increases to compensate for fewer units of volume billed.  But the rate increases necessitated by conservation are actually much smaller than the rate increases that would be necessary to account for population growth in the absence of conservation.  Learn more here.

Water Conservation Program Operation and Management Standard

G480-13-Conservation-standardThe G480 Water Conservation Program Operation and Management Standard is a voluntary standard that can be adopted by water providers at their own discretion.  The G480 standard describes the critical elements of an effective water conservation program and encompasses activities undertaken by a utility within its own operations to improve water use on the supply side through distribution system management and on the demand side through customer billing and education practices.  Learn more here.

Household Water Calculator 2.0 Available 

HWW Calc LogoAWE has released an updated version of its Household Water Calculator, now adapted for water users in Canada using Canadian postal codes and climate data.  The new calculator is also more accurate, compatible with tablets and smart phone use, and offers faster load times and a more intuitive interface to provide a more seamless experience for users.  Learn more here.

Never Waste Consumer Campaign

NW Ad TinyNever Waste is a national campaign to build awareness about the impact of water waste and encourage consumers to make a measurable impact.  The campaign quantifies the amount of water wasted in our daily lives by comparing it to an everyday object – a water bottle.  Find out how you can join the Blue Revolution or participate as an AWE member. Learn more here.

AWE Publishes Results of Declining Water Sales Summit 

Declining ReportIn August 2012, AWE and The Johnson Foundation at Wingspread co-hosted a summit with water utility mangers, rate experts, price regulators, economists, and advocacy groups to explore the issues surrounding declining water sales, utility revenue losses, and the impact on conservation programs.  A report including the summit results, as well as a detailed background framing paper, can be downloaded here.

AWE Releases State Scorecard Final Report

State Scorecard Final Cover SmAWE and the Environmental Law Institute have released the report entitled, The Water Efficiency and Conservation State Scorecard: An Assessment of Laws and Policies. The report presents results from a 20-question state survey that AWE conducted in 2011, funded in part by a grant from the Turner Foundation. The draft was released in April for public comment and the report is now in its final version. Click here to learn more and download a copy of the final report. 

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