The Alliance for Water Efficiency (AWE) produces cutting-edge research on diverse water efficiency issues to advance investments in sustainable water management. Our reports highlight and uncover water efficiency opportunities, barriers, and challenges. We work with partners to design, plan and execute groundbreaking research projects tackling hot issues practitioners need to understand, such as outdoor water use, the water-energy nexus, water loss, and drought.

Latest Research Initiatives

Assessing Water Affordability and Water Conservation's Role in Lowering Customer Bills

AWE’s report, An Assessment of Water Affordability and Conservation Potential in Detroit, Michigan, evaluates water affordability and water conservation potential at the census tract level.

Promoting Water Conservation Literacy Among the Next Generation

Learning Landscapes: Outdoor Water Efficiency and Conservation Lessons were designed to be used by educators of grades 3-8 and align with the associated Next Generation Science Standards.

Exploring the Use and Effectiveness of Drought Restrictions

A report exploring the use and effectiveness of municipal irrigation restrictions during drought. Asking the important questions surrounding demand reductions during drought.

Linking Land Use and Water Resources

Net Blue is a collaborative initiative to support sustainable community growth and develop a model ordinance communities can tailor to create a water demand offset approach that meets their needs.

Advancing Outdoor Water Use Efficiency

Our Outdoor Water Savings Research Initiative brings together the best minds in efficiency to conduct empirical studies to clarify what programs, practices, and irrigation technologies save the most water.

Helping Businesses Become More Efficient

We developed a best practices guide for members of the commercial kitchens, food service, and hospitality industries. It covers day-to-day best practices, case study summaries, and strategies for efficient management of the most common high-use equipment.

Evaluating the Opportunity for Graywater Reuse at Home

We examined the cost-benefit analysis process for packaged graywater reuse systems for single-family homes.