AWE wants to make sure no community faces a crippling water shortage--this year or in five years--and we need your help to do it. Our goal is to raise $100K this fall to expand our technical assistance reach. Learn more here.
Texas Approves State Proposition 6
Proposition 6, a constitutional amendment, creates two funds to assist in the financing of priority projects in the state water plan to ensure the availability of adequate water resources in Texas. Learn more here.
The AWE Never Waste water bottle won 2nd place in the First International Carafe Contest on October 24, 2013 at the IWA Efficient2013 Conference in Paris. Vienna Water won first place. There were 34 entries from countries all over the world.
Congratulations to Doug Bennett, recipient of the 2013 AWE Water Star award. The AWE Water Star Award is an award intended to recognize individual excellence in water efficiency. AWE celebrates the “unsung hero”, the quiet water conservation practitioner working in the trenches who makes a huge difference by their dedication, passion, and progressive approaches to move forward our field. Learn more here.
Water Conservation Program Operation and Management Standard
The G480-13 Water Conservation Program Operation and Management Standard is a voluntary standard that can be adopted by water providers at their own discretion. The G480-13 standard describes the critical elements of an effective water conservation program and encompasses activities undertaken by a utility within its own operations to improve water use on the supply side through distribution system management and on the demand side through customer billing and education practices. Learn more here.
AWE & ACEEE Report on Saving Water and Energy
Knowing that water and energy are inherently linked, AWE and ACEEE released a report Saving Water and Energy Together: Helping Utilities Build Better Programs. The report provides recommendations on program models and frameworks that utilities can use to save both water and energy. Learn more here.
WaterSense Releases Final Specification for Commercial Pre-Rinse Spray Valves
Recently, the U.S. EPA's WaterSense program released a final specification for commercial pre-rinse spray valves, the first commercial kitchen product eligible to earn the WaterSense label. Pre-rinse spray valves—used in commercial food service establishments to remove food waste from dishes prior to dishwashing—can account for nearly one-third of the water used in the typical commercial kitchen. Learn more here.
On Thursday, September 12, AWE learned of an amendment filed by Senator Rand Paul to S. 1392, The Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act of 2013, which would repeal the plumbing efficiency standards that have been in place in the United States since 1992. The amendment is scheduled for action in the Senate as soon as Monday, September 16. Forty-four organizations have signed on to an opposition letter filed by AWE over the weekend. Learn more here.
Household Water Calculator 2.0 Available
AWE has released an updated version of its Household Water Calculator, now adapted for water users in Canada using Canadian postal codes and climate data. The new calculator is also more accurate, compatible with tablets and smart phone use, and offers faster load times and a more intuitive interface to provide a more seamless experience for users. Learn more here.
AWE and its partner the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy have released a report, Water-Energy Nexus Research: Recommendations for Future Opportunities, which assesses existing research on this nexus and identifies priority research areas for investments to enhance integrated resource management and support overall efficiencies. 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.
AWE Publishes Second Annual Business Guide
The 2013 AWE Business Guide showcases the latest thinking and leading technologies in water efficiency and conservation offered by our Business and Industry members. You’ll find within manufacturers and distributors of water-efficient products, technical assistance providers for program design and development, and professional services for all your water-related needs. Please consider these companies for your sustainable water resource planning and efficiency efforts. Click here to download.
America's Most Endangered Rivers for 2013
American Rivers recently released its annual America’s Most Endangered Rivers report, listing the Colorado River at #1 because demand for water is outstripping supply. The 2013 report highlights a number of key threats, and shines the spotlight on rivers running dry because of outdated water management, wasteful water use, and persistent drought. Learn more here.
AWE, with funding from the Great Lakes Protection Fund, assessed five representative industries within the Great Lakes watershed that are supplied with treated drinking water and that discharge to a local wastewater utility. Both water conservation savings and environmental benefits were documented. Learn more here.
In August 2012, AWE and The Johnson Foundation at Wingspread co-hosted a summit with water utility mangers, rate experts, price regulators, economists, and advocacy groups to explore the issues surrounding declining water sales, utility revenue losses, and the impact on conservation programs. A report including the summit results, as well as a detailed background framing paper, can be downloaded here.
AWE and the Environmental Law Institute have released the report entitled, The Water Efficiency and Conservation State Scorecard: An Assessment of Laws and Policies. The report presents results from a 20-question state survey that AWE conducted in 2011, funded in part by a grant from the Turner Foundation. The draft was released in April for public comment and the report is now in its final version. Click here to learn more and download a copy of the final report.