AWE & CalWEP Webinar - California's New Conservation Requirements: Coming to a Theater Near You?

CalWEP and AWE logosOn May 31, 2018 Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law two new bills that will require urban water providers throughout California to set new permanent water use targets for their service areas by 2022. Join AWE and CalWEP on August 29 at 1 p.m. CDT for a webinar that will cut through the noise and give you the facts about what this legislation really contains (and what it doesn’t), how new water targets will be calculated, the timeline for implementation, and an overview of enforcement and reporting requirements. Click here to register for the webinar. For more information on this topic, click here to view an op-ed from Mary Ann Dickinson, AWE President & CEO and CalWEP Executive Director.

WaterSense® is Included in Both House and Senate Spending Bills

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Both the Senate and House Appropriations committees have directed the US EPA to continue funding the highly successful WaterSense program, a voluntary public-private partnership that has saved American consumers more than $46 billion on their water and energy bills since 2006. Learn more here

California Becomes First U.S. State to Pass Mandatory Indoor & Outdoor Water Use Targets

California State FlagThe California State Legislature has passed two bills enacting mandatory indoor and outdoor water use efficiency targets. AB 1668 and SB 606 were both signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown as part of the administration's plan to Make Water Efficiency a California Way of Life. AWE and the California Water Efficiency Partnership look forward to helping California utilities navigate and comply with these regulatory changes. Click here to view AWE's State Legislative Watch page and read the full text of the two bills. Click here for FAQ on New Water Conservation Framework.

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.