AWE Publishes White Paper on Financial Instruments to Manage Weather-Related Risk
Market-based tools such as derivatives and insurance are often used in the energy and agricultural sectors to mitigate the financial impact of risks like volatile weather. This new white paper explores how these tools might be applied by water utilities to better manage the revenue risks of wet and dry years. Learn more and download the paper here.
Groundbreaking Report Recommends Effective Water Solutions in Colorado River Basin
Western Resource Advocates and American Rivers issued a new report that identifies conservation, reuse and other innovative solutions that could eliminate Western water shortages stemming from the over-taxed and stressed Colorado River. The report defines five cost-effective and clearly defined solutions that – if implemented at a larger scale across the basin – could meet the water needs of the West’s businesses, agriculture, and growing population through 2060. Learn more here.
California Adopts Statewide Emergency Water Conservation Regulations
To 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
In 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
On 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
On 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
On 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
On 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.
AWE Wins 2014 U.S. Water Prize
The 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.
20 Years of the Energy Policy Act: 18.2 Trillion Gallons of Water Saved
The 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.
There 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
The 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.
Never 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.