Senate Joins the House in Authorizing a WaterSense® Program at U.S. EPA
The U.S. Senate has joined the House in approving a WaterSense program at the Environmental Protection Agency. Senate approval of a broad, bipartisan energy efficiency bill included an amendment creating a WaterSense program sponsored by Sen. Tom Udall, D-NM, and five other senators. Learn more here.
PERC Releases Phase 2.1 of Report
The Plumbing Efficiency Research Coalition (PERC) is pleased to announce the publication of the Phase 2.1 supplemental report on the drainline transport of solid waste in building drains. The Drainline Transport of Solid Waste in Buildings – Phase 2.0 was originally released in September of 2015. The PERC 2.1 findings appear as a new appendix to the PERC 2.0 report, and the combined reports are available for download free of charge on the PERC website. Learn more here.
Residential End Uses of Water Study (2016, 1999)
The Residential End Uses of Water, Version 2 is the much-anticipated 2016 companion to the classic 1999 end use study published by the Water Research Foundation. WRF collaborated with 23 municipalities, water utilities water purveyors, water districts and water providers to analyze toilets, showers, clothes washers, faucets, lawn watering, and other water use. Click here to learn more about the study and to view the complete findings.
The ninth biennial IWA Efficient2017 Conference, organized by the Efficient Urban Water Management Specialist Group of the International Water Association, will be held from March 21-23 in Tel Aviv, Israel. This will be a unique opportunity to discuss the challenges that water services are facing in the 21st century. The Conference is currently seeking submissions for papers. Click here to learn more.
AWE Releases Report on Australia Drought
Partnering with the Institute for Sustainable Futures and the Pacific Institute, the Alliance for Water Efficiency has released its highly anticipated report Managing Drought: Learning from Australia. The report provides an overview of the key initiatives implemented by Australia's four largest cities during an extended period of extreme drought, and outlines how those measures could help California through its current water crisis. Click here to learn more and to download the full report.
AWE and San Francisco Awarded Grand Prize in Imagine H2O Water Policy Challenge
The Alliance for Water Efficiency teamed up with the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission to win the $25,000 grand prize in the inaugural Imagine H2O Water Policy Challenge. The initiative, which attracted over 100 submissions, sought to advance the market for water innovation through forward-thinking policy. AWE and SFPUC offered a compelling case for how discrete policy improvements to water reuse and recycling standards could incentive water users to deploy on-site treatment technologies. Click here to learn more.
AWE Announces Two Outdoor Water Savings Studies
AWE will undertake two new study topics on outdoor water use: Quantifying the Water Savings from Landscape Transformation Programs; and Quantifying the Water Savings from Drought Outdoor Watering Restrictions. RFPs have been drafted for each topic, and funding is now being solicited from study partners. For more information on how to participate in these studies, click here.
AWE G480 Standard Leaderboard
The Alliance for Water Efficiency is recognizing utilities that have adopted and complied with the voluntary G480 Water Conservation Program Operation and Management Standard. Cobb County Water System is the first utility to appear on the G480 Leaderboard, having achieved Gold Recognition. To learn more about the scoring criteria and how to get your utility on the Leaderboard, click here.
AWE Publishes New Edition of its Business Guide
The Alliance for Water Efficiency just published a new edition of its Business Guide, a complete listing of all our Business & Industry members. This handbook is a great way for utilities, government, and non-profit organizations to find manufacturers and consulting firms that specialize in their specific water needs. To learn more and to download the Guide, click 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 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.
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.