AWE Advises Obama's Transition Team on Investment in Water Efficiency
Water Efficiency as Stimulus and Long-Term Investment
The Alliance for Water
Efficiency advised President-Elect Barack Obama’s transition team about the
employment potential and economic benefits of broad investments in water
efficiency. AWE has prepared a position paper titled, Transforming Water: Water Efficiency as Stimulus and Long-Term Investment. The
intent of the paper is to show that water efficiency programs yield jobs, water
savings and other economic benefits and will be a cost-effective investment to
consider for the stimulus package. It has been reported that this document is
already being used to help inform future national policy.
position paper had the following key findings:
- Direct investment on
the order of $10 billion in water/energy efficiency programs can boost U.S.
Gross Domestic Product (GDP) by $13 to $15 billion and employment by 150,000 to
220,000 jobs. It could save up to 10 trillion gallons of water, with resulting
energy reductions as well.
- Water/energy efficiency programs can be
rapidly deployed and scaled to need. The paper provides a formula to use for
scaling jobs to amount of investment.
- Some of the best opportunities
for conservation investment are in lower-income areas where water distribution
infrastructure has not been adequately maintained or replaced and where
household and commercial appliance stocks tend to be older and less
- The long-term strategic, economic, social, and environmental
benefits of water/energy efficiency program make them “no-regret” investments in
the nation’s future.
- Investing in water/energy efficiency programs now
will, over the longer term, help advance national energy policy, promote
sustainable resource use, contribute towards Green House Gas emissions
reduction, and lessen mounting regional conflicts over water resources.