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.
The AWE 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