AWE Water Conservation Tracking Tool
Need help in planning your water conservation programs? The Alliance for Water Efficiency now has a solution for you. Many months in development, the AWE Water Conservation Tracking Tool was finished after a successful beta testing period with a number of water utilities. The Tool -- complete with a detailed User Guide -- is available free of charge to all AWE members in good standing.
What the Tracking Tool Is
The Tool is an Excel-based model that can evaluate the water savings, costs, and benefits of conservation programs for a specific water utility, using either English or Metric units. Using information entered into the Tool from the utility’s system, it provides a standardized methodology for water savings and benefit-cost accounting, and includes a library of pre-defined conservation activities from which users can build conservation programs.
Water utility managers can use the Tool in a variety of ways to aid their water resource planning and operations:
- Develop long-range conservation plans. Construct conservation portfolios containing up to 50 separate conservation program activities.
- Quickly compare alternative conservation measures in terms of their water savings potential, impact on system costs, and potential benefits to utility customers.
- Track the implementation, water savings, costs, and benefits of actual conservation activities over time.
- Evaluate a utility’s changing revenue requirement with conservation.
- Estimate the reduction in GHG emissions resulting from plumbing/energy codes and conservation program activity.
The Tool counts the savings achieved from national plumbing code and appliance standards. Due to differing standards among states, there are three editions: the Standard, California/Texas, and Georgia. The Standard Edition applies to all states other than Texas, California, and Georgia. The California/Texas Edition takes account that ULFT requirements in California and Texas began two years earlier than for the rest of the U.S. (1992 rather than 1994), and also the transition to HET toilets beginning in 2014. The Georgia Edition reflects the recent changes to that state‘s efficiency codes for toilets and urinals.
How the Alliance Will Help
The Alliance will provide a detailed User Guide with the Tool, as well as one (1) hour of free technical assistance to any member using the Tool. Please let us know about your experiences with the Tool! We would like to feature successful examples of the Tool in use on our web site, so please let us know how it has worked for you.
How to Get the Tracking Tool
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Tracking Tool Resources
List of User Data Inputs for Version 2.0
Detailed Updates Made to the Library of Conservation Activities for 2.0
Differences between Version 1.2 and Version 2.0 of the Tracking Tool
Average Baths and Half Baths Per Dwelling Unit - Supplemental Data Table (now included with Version 2.0)
November 8, 2011 Tracking Tool Webinar PowerPoint Presentation
Coming soon... Frequently Asked Questions.
Funded in Part by a Grant from The Home Depot Foundation