Cooling Technologies Research Project


Cooling_tower_Denver waterThe Alliance for Water Efficiency is excited to announce the launch of its Cooling Technologies Research Project. The overall purpose of this study is to gain foundational knowledge needed to create effective, targeted, and appealing incentive and outreach programs to achieve greater efficiency in cooling systems. As part of AWE’s broader effort to explore the potential for water conservation in urban areas, this research effort is intended to have multiple phases. 

Phase I has five broad goals:

  1. Develop best practices for identifying water-cooled facilities in urban areas.
  2. Develop best practices for estimating consumptive and non-consumptive water demands for cooling.
  3. Determine the conservation potential for various improvements to traditional cooling technologies such as cooling towers.
  4. Determine the conservation potential of alternative cooling technologies. 
  5. Develop practical guides, incorporating study results, to increase the effectiveness of cooling WUE incentive and outreach programs. 

Nine AWE members from the U.S. and Canada have made monetary, data and informational commitments to support this effort. The current study participants are: 

  1. City of Guelph, Canada
  2. Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, United States
  3. Southern Nevada Water Authority, United States
  4. San Antonio Water System, United States
  5. City of Tucson, United States
  6. City of Santa Fe, United States
  7. Santa Clara Valley Water District, United States
  8. California Water Service, United States
  9. Denver Water, United States

More water providers may join the study as the scope of work is finalized. If you an AWE member interested in learning about the project or participating, please email