California Passes Mandatory Water Loss Audit Requirement
The California Legislature has passed a requirement, beginning October 1, 2017, that all retail urban water suppliers must file annually a completed and validated water loss audit. The water audits will be posted online for public viewing. The bill also requires that the State Water Resources Control Board pass performance standards for reducing water losses by 2019. The bill now awaits Governor Jerry Brown's signature. To view the legislation, click here.
Speaker Announced for AWE Annual Meeting & Reception in Las Vegas
In addition to AWE President/CEO Mary Ann Dickinson being the opening session keynote speaker at WSI, AWE is pleased to announce that at its annual member meeting & reception in Las Vegas on October 6, 2015 the featured speaker will be Brian Richter, Chief Scientist of the Global Water Program of The Nature Conservancy, President of Sustainable Waters--a global water education organization, and author. Learn more here.
AWE Releases Research Report on Water-Use Efficiency and Demand Hardening
The Alliance for Water Efficiency released a research report assessing the impacts of increasing water-use efficiency on demand hardening. Funded by a number of water utilities and The Walton Family Foundation, the report discusses whether consumer demand can be "hardened" by the continued pressure of demand management programs. Learn more here.
New Resources to Help Utilities Communicate the Value of Water
AWE has published new communication tools to help water utilities communicate the value of the water service they provide, and demonstrate how efficient water use keeps water affordable and available for years to come. Learn more here.
AWE to Collaborate to Aid California Response to Drought
The Worsening drought in California has Prompted US agencies to turn to Australian researchers to identify the most effective strategies Australian utilities and agencies used to survive the Millennium Drought. Institute for Sustainable Futures researchers based at the University of Technology, Sydney will evaluate the strategies used to cope with Australia's devastating, decade-long drought to help inform policies being developed in California. The research will be conducted in collaboration with US-based water efficiency experts at the Alliance for Water Efficiency and the Pacific Institute. Learn more here.
NAWL2015 Announces Keynote Speakers
The first North American Water Loss Conference, to be held December 8-9, 2015 in Atlanta, Georgia is a not-to-be missed assemblage of policy and technical experts that will provide the latest up-to-date information on non-revenue water management. The program has an excellent roster of speakers and panels, covering topics such as developing water loss policies, auditing your system, reducing apparent losses, controlling leakage, and managing pressures. Keynote speakers and early-bird registration deadline just announced. Learn more here.
AWE Joins Numerous Stakeholders to Support Federal Bills on the Water and Energy Nexus
AWE and others submit a Letter of Support for two pieces of important legislation, both involving water & energy. For more on each bill and to download a PDF of the corresponding AWE-lead Letter of Support, click on S 886 or S 1218.
President Obama Signs Energy & Water Efficiency Bill
On Thursday, April 30, President Obama signed the energy Efficiency Improvement Act of 2015, which would direct the administrator of the general services administration to develop model leasing codes that encourage cost-effective energy and water efficiency measures in commercial buildings. This is only the second piece of federally enacted legislation in a decade to mention water efficiency. Click here for more information.
California Energy Commission Approves Emergency Drought Rules
On April 8, the California Energy Commission approved emergency drought rules for toilets, faucets and urinals sold after January 1. Acting under the authority of Gov. Jerry Brown's drought executive order earlier this month, the Commission voted unanimously for the higher water efficiency standards, which will be the most stringent in the country, surpassing WaterSense® levels. Learn more here.
AWE Releases Report on Water Offset Policies and Announces Net Blue
The Alliance for Water Efficiency released a report documenting policies in the United States that require the projected water demand of new development to be offset with efficiency improvements in existing structures. It also announced Net Blue, a collaborative effort of AWE, the Environmental Law Institute, and River Network that will create tools and resources to help communities grow sustainably. For more information and to download the report click here.
AWE Appoints Two New Board Members
The AWE Board of Directors announced that it has elected Ronald Voglewede, Global Sustainability Director of Whirlpool Corporation and Rob Zimmerman, Senior Channel Manager - Sustainability of Kohler Co., as Directors of AWE. These business leaders bring critical expertise in water-efficient products to the Alliance’s Mission. Learn more here.
AWE Releases Research Review on Outdoor Water Savings Programs
The Alliance for Water Efficiency has released the first Phase of its Outdoor Water Savings Research Initiative: a report detailing the research compiled to date and identifying where the gaps in the research occur. The report is the first step in AWE’s project to help clarify what programs, practices, ad irrigation technologies save the most water. For more information, click here.
AWE Publishes Financing Sustainable Water Resources for Water Managers
The Alliance for Water Efficiency has launched Financing Sustainable Water, an initiative created to help water managers build better rate structures that improve revenue stability, yet encourage resource efficiency. Aimed at combatting the common misperception that conservation makes rates rise, the Financing Sustainable Water initiative was designed to provide helpful tools and data to water managers, elected officials, and consumers. Learn more here.
AWE Publishes White Paper on Financial Instruments to Manage Weather-Related Risk
Market-based tools such as derivatives and insurance are often used in the energy and agricultural sectors to mitigate the financial impact of risks like volatile weather. This new white paper explores how these tools might be applied by water utilities to better manage the revenue risks of wet and dry years. Learn more and download the paper here.
Never Waste Consumer Campaign
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.