California Energy Commission Approves Emergency Drought Rules
On April 8, the California Energy Commission approved emergency drought rules for toilets, faucets and urinals sold after January 1. Acting under the authority of Gov. Jerry Brown's drought executive order earlier this month, the Commission voted unanimously for the higher water efficiency standards, which will be the most stringent in the country, surpassing WaterSense® levels. Learn more here.
AWE Releases Report on Water Offset Policies and Announces Net Blue
The Alliance for Water Efficiency released a report documenting policies in the United States that require the projected water demand of new development to be offset with efficiency improvements in existing structures. It also announced Net Blue, a collaborative effort of AWE, the Environmental Law Institute, and River Network that will create tools and resources to help communities grow sustainably. For more information and to download the report click here.
AWE Appoints Two New Board Members
The AWE Board of Directors announced that it has elected Ronald Voglewede, Global Sustainability Director of Whirlpool Corporation and Rob Zimmerman, Senior Channel Manager - Sustainability of Kohler Co., as Directors of AWE. These business leaders bring critical expertise in water-efficient products to the Alliance’s Mission. Learn more here.
AWE Releases Research Review on Outdoor Water Savings Programs
The Alliance for Water Efficiency has released the first Phase of its Outdoor Water Savings Research Initiative: a report detailing the research compiled to date and identifying where the gaps in the research occur. The report is the first step in AWE’s project to help clarify what programs, practices, ad irrigation technologies save the most water. For more information, click 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.