AWE Releases State Scorecard Final Report

An Assessment of Laws and Policies

2012-09-12

State Scorecard Final CoverFollowing the public comment period of the draft released in April, the Alliance for Water Efficiency and the Environmental Law Institute have released the final version of the report entitled, The Water Efficiency and Conservation State Scorecard: An Assessment of Laws and Policies.

This research effort, funded in part by a grant from the Turner Foundation, identified state level water efficiency and conservation policies and laws throughout the 50 states via a 20-question survey.  Water efficiency and conservation laws and policies encompassed in the survey included plumbing fixture standards, water conservation requirements related to water rights, water loss control rules, conservation planning and program implementation, volumetric billing for water, funding sources for water efficiency and conservation programs, and technical assistance and other informational resources. 

In addition to collecting data on individual state level water efficiency and conservation policies, the project team graded the states based on its findings. Overall, the 50 states as a group average a "C" grade.  A full AWE breakdown of the scores can be viewed in the report.

The results can be interpreted in many ways.  One positive way to look at the results is to see opportunity where policies are absent or lacking strength. The highlighted policy examples in the report can serve as a model for new initiatives. 

Question by question detail is available for each state via the 2012 State Water Efficiency and Conservation Policy Information page in the AWE Resource Library. 

(Note: Actual implementation of conservation programs is not evaluated in this report. This may be added in future revisions.)

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  • Click here to download a copy of The Water Efficiency and Conservation State Scorecard: An Assessment of Laws and Policies.
  • Click here to download a PDF of the Public Comments Appendix for the The Water Efficiency and Conservation State Scorecard: An Assessment of Laws and Policies. 
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