What Can Water Utilities Do?
Water utilities can recognize the water/energy connection and create water management strategies that factor both water and energy into the planning process. Water providers can use the Alliance for Water Efficiency’s Water Conservation Tracking Tool, which contains a greenhouse gas module to estimate energy savings and reductions in greenhouse gas emissions resulting from water saved through efficiency programs and plumbing codes.
Water and Energy utilities can also work together in partnership to implement programs that focus on both water and energy savings. Guidance for how to do that is contained in two reports produced by AWE and the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE ):