Sustainable Landscapes: A Utility Program Guide Now Available! 

Landscape Guide coverAWE’s Landscape Transformation Study found that consumers are ready for sustainable, water-efficient landscapes—but they need help from their water providers. AWE’s new publication, Sustainable Landscapes: A Utility Program Guide, leverages the insights, lessons, and considerations gathered in the Landscape Transformation Study to provide actionable information for utilities beginning or enhancing outdoor water efficiency programs. The first part of the guide discusses general considerations for utility landscape programs. The second part presents four utility program types and offers advice and examples for each category. Additionally, appearing throughout the guide are detailed case studies of successful sustainable landscape programs from AWE members. Click here to access this member-only benefit.

Template RFP Released for Bidding AMI Systems

AMIABLE Logo AWE, in conjunction with the California Water Efficiency Partnership, has released a template Request for Proposals document that utilities can use for bidding AMI systems. The RFP stresses the issue of interoperability and is available in Word so that it can be easily customized. For more information click here

AWE Smart Irrigation Marketplace

Smart-Irrigation-Final_trnsDeveloping programs and campaigns to help customers use less water on their landscapes this spring, or create some buzz around Smart Irrigation Month? To support our members, AWE has launched a new Smart Irrigation Marketplace where water providers and community organizations can learn about and access communications content, exclusive manufacturer rebates and incentives, discounts on professional assistance, program design resources and more—all provided by fellow AWE members. The majority of these resources are free or discounted, and can be easily incorporated into current programming and planning. These opportunities are exclusive to AWE members. Click here to request access to the Marketplace.

AWE Sends WaterSense Support Letter to Congress

WaterSense Logo (gif)President Trump has released his budget for FY2020, and it proposes to eliminate the WaterSense program. We were collectively successful in getting WaterSense authorized by Congress in the 2018 America’s Water Infrastructure and Improvement Act. But since the President’s budget for FY2020 proposes to eliminate it in the EPA budget cuts, we now need to take our case directly to Congress. AWE sent a letter, signed by 126 organizations, urging Congress to authorize funding for this vital program. Click here to view the full letter, and learn how you can support our efforts!

AWE Releases State Scorecard Water Loss Supplement 

Water Loss Supplement Cover AWE’s latest State Scorecard supplement focuses exclusively on the water loss results of the 2017 AWE report, “The Water Efficiency and Conservation State Scorecard: An Assessment of Laws.” Different topic areas within water loss control are described, including technical assistance, audit requirements, and leak detection and correction requirements. The report is available on AWE’s Our Work page

AWE Research Shows Landscape Transformation Programs Can Stretch Community Supplies

LT-Executive-Summary-Cover AWE’s new Landscape Transformation study proves that urban landscapes represent a promising source of untapped water savings. Evaluation of utility programs demonstrated meaningful water and cost savings for utilities and customers. Additionally, survey findings show homeowners are ready for new landscape ideal, desiring beautiful, low-maintenance, and water-efficient landscapes. Learn more here

AWE Releases State Scorecard Regional Supplement for the Colorado River Basin

AWE-CRB-CoverAWE’s newly released report, “State-Level Water Efficiency and Conservation Laws in the Colorado River Basin” takes a closer look at the results of the 2017 AWE report, “The Water Efficiency and Conservation State Scorecard: An Assessment of Laws” for the seven Colorado River Basin states of Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming. The report is available on AWE’s Our Work page.  

New Study Demonstrates Water Conservation's Pay Off for Ratepayers


Are Los Angeles ratepayers better off by conserving water over the long term? That’s the question explored in a new study released by CalWEP and AWE in partnership with the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power. “LADWP’s case study clearly shows that it’s time to stop blaming water conservation for rate increases,” Dickinson said. “Conservation and efficient rates pays off through lower utility operating costs, and ultimately can lower the cost burden on customers.” Learn more here.

AWE Releases 2017 Water Efficiency and Conservation State Scorecard 

AWE State Scorecard COVER.jpgAWE's report "2017 Water Efficiency and Conservation State Scorecard" is now available. Grades in twenty-seven states improved, but the national average remains at a "C". To download the report and learn more about what states can do to improve their grade before the next five-year update, click here. Read the news release here.

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

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AWE's report "Transforming Water: Water Efficiency as Infrastructure Investment" estimates that $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. 

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

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 LeaderboardThe 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, City of Bend, Oregon, City of Santa Cruz, CA and Valencia Water Company all appear on the G480 Leaderboard. To learn more about the scoring criteria and how to get your utility on the Leaderboard, click here.