AWE Water Conservation Tracking Tool
Need help in planning your water conservation programs? The Alliance for
Water Efficiency now has a solution for you. First released in 2009 after a
successful beta testing period with a number of water utilities, the Tracking
Tool is now in Version 3.0 and has nearly 400 users. The Tool -- complete with a detailed User
Guide -- is available free of charge to all AWE members in good standing.
What the Tracking Tool Is
The Tracking Tool is an
Excel-based model that can evaluate the water savings, costs, and benefits of conservation programs for a specific water utility, using either English or
Metric units. Using information entered into the Tracking Tool from the
utility’s system, it provides a standardized methodology for water savings and
benefit-cost accounting, and includes a library of pre-defined conservation
activities from which users can build conservation programs.
Water utility managers
can use the Tracking Tool in a variety of ways to aid their water resource
planning and operations:
- Develop long-range conservation plans.
Construct conservation portfolios containing up to 50 separate conservation program activities.
- Quickly compare alternative conservation
measures in terms of their water savings potential, impact on system
costs, and potential benefits to utility customers.
- Track the implementation, water savings,
costs, and benefits of actual conservation activities over time.
- Evaluate a utility’s changing revenue
requirement with conservation.
- Estimate the reduction in GHG emissions
resulting from plumbing/energy codes and conservation program activity.
The Tracking Tool counts
the savings achieved from national fixture and appliance standards. Due to
differing standards among states, users can select from five options depending
on their location: California, Colorado, Georgia, Texas, and all other states.
How the Alliance Will Help
The Alliance will provide a detailed User Guide with the Tool, as well as one (1) hour of free technical assistance to any member using the Tool. Please let us know about your experiences with the Tool! We would like to feature successful examples of the Tool in use on our web site, so please let us know how it has worked for you.
How to Get the Tracking Tool
Not yet a member? Become a member today.
Tracking Tool Resources
List of User Data Inputs for Version 3.0
Differences between Version 2.0 and Version 3.0 of the Tracking Tool
Average Baths and Half Baths Per Dwelling Unit - Supplemental Data Table (now included with Version 2.0)
November 8, 2011 Tracking Tool Webinar PowerPoint Presentation
Funded in Part by a Grant from The Home Depot Foundation