AWE Releases Draft 2017 State Scorecard for Public Comment


State Scorecard_Public Comment Draft COVERThe Alliance for Water Efficiency and the Environmental Law Institute have released a draft version of the 2017 Water Efficiency and Conservation State Scorecard: An Assessment of Laws for public comment.

The 2017 iteration is a five-year update of the 2012 State Scorecard, and is based on a very similar, but much expanded, survey as was used for the 2012 State Scorecard. The 2017 update used a 16-question survey; this includes two new questions, and also a series of sub-questions to develop a deeper understanding of laws and regulations in critical areas such as water loss control. In addition to water loss control, the expanded survey creates a better understanding of the nuances of laws and regulations centered around appliance and fixture standards, water conservation and drought planning, funding sources for water efficiency and conservation programs, and technical assistance and informational resources, customer metering practices, volumetric billing for water and rate structures. 

A special feature of the 2017 State Scorecard is a review and scoring of state policy and laws pertaining to climate resiliency planning. A three-question survey was used to begin understanding what states are taking action to prepare for climate adaptation, the climate-related challenges that are being prioritized, and the implications for water and wastewater utilities.

Click here to download a PDF copy of the draft report.

The survey used as the basis of this report created more than a thousand possible data points that had to be individually reviewed and verified. If you find that something is missing or requires more detail, please submit that information to ensure that this assessment is as accurate as possible. Please follow the public comment instructions below to submit feedback and additional information. 

Public Comment Instructions: Send comments via email to with the words “State Scorecard Comment” and the state name in the subject line. All comments should be in a Word file, and should include the state name and the survey question(s) the comment is in regard to. Comments suggesting a change be made will not be considered unless accompanied by a supporting and citable reference. In most cases, a legal citation will be required in order to change an answer. Comments are due by midnight, central standard time, Sunday, December 31, 2017.

The Alliance for Water Efficiency and the Environmental Law Institute are grateful to the Turner Foundation, which partially funded this important research effort.