AWE G480 Standard Leaderboard
The 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 is the first utility to appear on the G480 Leaderboard, having achieved Gold Recognition. To learn more about the scoring criteria and how to get your utility on the Leaderboard, click here.
AWE Seeks Tax-Exempt Status for Water Conservation Rebates
The Alliance for Water Efficiency is urging a change in federal tax law so that rebates and credits for water conservation and green infrastructure projects remain tax-free for recipients. In response to urging from key lawmakers, AWE has suggested that these payments from water utilities not be included in gross income by the Internal Revenue Service—the same treatment as energy rebates receive under the tax code. Learn more here.
Innovations in Efficiency Showcase
AWE is continuing its Showcase of Innovations in Efficiency, recognizing the accomplishments of two of its Business & Industry members in the field of cooling tower management. Phigenics, LLC and TERLYN Industries have led the way in developing efficient solutions for cooling towers which have resulted in significant water use reduction. Learn more here.
AWE Presents Water Star Award to Fiona Sanchez
The Alliance for Water Efficiency presented its Water Star Award to Fiona Sanchez of the Irvine Ranch Water District. For seven years, this annual award has recognized the accomplishments of "unsung heroes" who have made significant contributions and achievements in the field of water efficiency. Learn more here.
Mary Ann Dickinson's WaterSmart Innovations Keynote Address
Alliance for Water Efficiency President and CEO Mary Ann Dickinson delivered the keynote address at this year's WaterSmart Innovations Conference in Las Vegas. Her full speech, in which she outlines 15 ideas that will put us on the path to water sustainability, is now available to view on the AWE YouTube channel. Learn more here.
AWE Publishes New Edition of its Business Guide
The Alliance for Water Efficiency just published a new edition of its Business Guide, a complete listing of all our Business & Industry members. This handbook is a great way for utilities, government, and non-profit organizations to find manufacturers and consulting firms that specialize in their specific water needs. To learn more and to download the Guide, click here.
PERC Releases Phase 2.0 of Report
PERC is pleased to announce that the report, The Drainline Transport of Solid Waste in Buildings - Phase 2.0, has been released and is now available. The study builds on the findings of the Phase 1 report of the same title and provides new and important insights into the performance of building drains as water flows are incrementally reduced as a result of water efficiency related regulations. Learn more here.
California Passes Mandatory Water Loss Audit Requirement
The California Legislature has passed a requirement, beginning October 1, 2017, that all retail urban water suppliers must file annually a completed and validated water loss audit. The water audits will be posted online for public viewing. The bill also requires that the State Water Resources Control Board pass performance standards for reducing water losses by 2019. The bill now awaits Governor Jerry Brown's signature. To view the legislation, click here.
AWE Releases Research Report on Water-Use Efficiency and Demand Hardening
The Alliance for Water Efficiency released a research report assessing the impacts of increasing water-use efficiency on demand hardening. Funded by a number of water utilities and The Walton Family Foundation, the report discusses whether consumer demand can be "hardened" by the continued pressure of demand management programs. Learn more here.
New Resources to Help Utilities Communicate the Value of Water
AWE has published new communication tools to help water utilities communicate the value of the water service they provide, and demonstrate how efficient water use keeps water affordable and available for years to come. Learn more here.
AWE to Collaborate to Aid California Response to Drought
The Worsening drought in California has Prompted US agencies to turn to Australian researchers to identify the most effective strategies Australian utilities and agencies used to survive the Millennium Drought. Institute for Sustainable Futures researchers based at the University of Technology, Sydney will evaluate the strategies used to cope with Australia's devastating, decade-long drought to help inform policies being developed in California. The research will be conducted in collaboration with US-based water efficiency experts at the Alliance for Water Efficiency and the Pacific Institute. Learn more here.
NAWL2015 Announces Keynote Speakers
The first North American Water Loss Conference, to be held December 8-9, 2015 in Atlanta, Georgia is a not-to-be missed assemblage of policy and technical experts that will provide the latest up-to-date information on non-revenue water management. The program has an excellent roster of speakers and panels, covering topics such as developing water loss policies, auditing your system, reducing apparent losses, controlling leakage, and managing pressures. Keynote speakers and early-bird registration deadline just announced. 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 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.
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.
Never Waste Consumer Campaign
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.