National Petition to Support Rainwater Harvesting
The American Rainwater Catchment Systems Association has set up a "We the People" petition to formally request President Obama to stimulate the emerging rainwater-harvesting industry through legislation or executive order, creating new jobs in design, installation, education, R&D, sales, plumbing, landscaping, roofing, monitoring and maintenance, which could propel the U.S. to international leadership, with compounding fiscal benefits. 100,000 signature are needed by December 16. Learn more and sign on here.
USGS: Water Withdrawals in United States Decreased by 13% from 2005-2010
Water withdrawals in the United States in 2010 were estimated to be about 355 billion gallons per day (Bgal/d), which was 13 percent less than in 2005 according the United States Geological Survey (USGS). The report from USGS, Estimated Use of Water in the United States in 2010, released in November 2014, found that total withdrawals are at the lowest level since before 1970. Learn more here.
Amy Vickers Wins AWE Water Star Award
On October 9, 2014 -- at the Water Smart Innovations Conference in Las Vegas -- the Alliance for Water Efficiency presented Amy Vickers with its coveted annual Water Star Award, an award intended to recognize individual excellence in water efficiency. Learn more here.
Support Letters Urged for WaterSense Legislation
The Alliance for Water Efficiency is urging its members and interested water stakeholders to write their Congressional Representatives and Senators immediately to urge the passage of landmark federal legislation on WaterSense and water efficiency programs. For more information click here.
AWE Publishes Financing Sustainable Water Resources for Water Managers
The Alliance for Water Efficiency has launched Financing Sustainable Water, an initiative created to help water managers build better rate structures that improve revenue stability, yet encourage resource efficiency. Aimed at combatting the common misperception that conservation makes rates rise, the Financing Sustainable Water initiative was designed to provide helpful tools and data to water managers, elected officials, and consumers. Learn more here.
International Efficient2015 Conference to be Held in Cincinnati in April 2015
The International Water Association has announced that the global Efficient2015 conference will be held for the first time in North America. This conference is a flagship event for water efficiency professionals worldwide. A special feature of this conference will be a workshop to develop performance assessment metrics for water efficiency, a sorely needed topic. Click here to visit the conference website.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.