President Signs America's Water Infrastructure Act, Authorizing EPA WaterSense

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President Trump signed America's Water Infrastructure Act of 2018, which for the first time authorizes the EPA WaterSense program under federal law. The program will now qualify for annual appropriations rather than having to rely on the EPA administrator’s discretionary funds each year. WaterSense, a voluntary public-private partnership, has saved American consumers more than $68 billion on their water and energy bills since 2006. AWE was instrumental in the creation of the WaterSense program and has been a major supporter ever since. Click here to learn more.  

AWE Water Star Award

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AWE presented its 2018 Water Star Award to Glen Pleasance, Water Efficiency Manager of the Region of Durham in Canada. The award recognizes individual excellence in water efficiency, celebrating the "unsung hero" who makes a huge difference by their dedication, passion, and progressive approaches to advance water conservation and efficiency. Click here to learn more.

New Study Demonstrates Water Conservation's Pay Off for Ratepayers

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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

WaterSense® About to Become Federal Law 

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Congress is on the verge of making the WaterSense program a part of federal law for the first time, lifting this highly successful public-private partnership from its status as a “discretionary” program at the U.S. EPA to federal legal status. The House has approved this change as part of a massive water infrastructure bill which the Senate is expected to pass and send to the White House before adjourning at the end of September. Once WaterSense is enacted into law, it will qualify for annual appropriations rather than being funded at the discretion of the EPA administrator. In the meantime, both the House and Senate have passed an EPA spending bill that instructs the EPA to continue operating WaterSense throughout fiscal 2019, which begins October 1. 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.