Alliance for Water Efficiency Wins 2017 WaterSense® Excellence Award

AWE's Second Excellence Award for Strategic Collaboration


WaterSense Logo(1)The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recognized the Alliance for Water Efficiency (AWE) with a 2017 WaterSense Excellence Award for its major contributions to WaterSense and water efficiency in 2016. AWE received one of 20 WaterSense awards at the WaterSmart Innovations Conference in Las Vegas for helping Americans to save water, energy, and money.

Over the past decade, the Alliance and nearly 2,000 other WaterSense partners have helped consumers save more than 2.1 trillion gallons of water, or more than the amount used by all U.S. households for 75 days. In addition to water savings, WaterSense labeled products and homes have helped reduce the amount of energy needed to heat, pump, and treat water by 284 billion kilowatt hours—which is enough to power more than 26.3 million homes for a year—and save $46.3 billion in water and energy bills.

“Since 2006, utilities, manufacturers, retailers, builders, communities, states, and other organizations have voluntarily supported WaterSense program’s efforts to protect and preserve our nation’s water supply for future generations,” said WaterSense Program Manager Veronica Blette. “By saving water together, these award winners and all of our partners help consumers and businesses realize the environmental and economic benefits of water efficiency.” 

AWE was honored as a 2017 WaterSense Excellence Award winner for its efforts to promote, advance and improve the WaterSense program, outreach campaigns and product and program specifications. 

In 2016, the Alliance invested in research to advance water-efficient practices and continued a partnership with WaterSense to offer high-quality webinars on outdoor water use efficiency, reaching more than 700 practitioners. It also convened a WaterSense and Water-Efficient Products Committee, which brought together 65 organizations monthly to provide input on WaterSense-labeled product and program specification decisions.

“The WaterSense program has become vital to American communities, manufacturers, and service providers,” said Mary Ann Dickinson, President and CEO of the Alliance for Water Efficiency. “AWE has been a key supporter of the WaterSense program since its inception in 2006. As we look to the next decade of the WaterSense program, we will continue to support and promote this important program throughout and beyond our network.”

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