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More good news in water policy this week! The Better Buildings Act of 2013 would...

Fri, 01/31/2014 - 08:26
More good news in water policy this week! The Better Buildings Act of 2013 would require model energy efficiency standards and best practices for federal and commercial building leases, and was approved by the House Energy and Commerce Committee with an amendment by Rep. Jerry McNerney (D-CA) to include standards for cost-effective water efficiency. Please call your congressmen/congresswomen and ask them to support this bill. Learn more from the press release here, featuring a statement from AWE!


McNerney Amendment To Improve Water Efficiency Passes House Committee On Energy And Commerce |...
mcnerney.house.gov

Proposed legislation in Colorado will have manufacturers phase out the sale of f...

Thu, 01/30/2014 - 08:16
Proposed legislation in Colorado will have manufacturers phase out the sale of four indoor water fixtures throughout the state, and offer WaterSense-certified fixtures in their place. Check out the story here.


Colorado Legislature to Consider WaterSense Fixtures Legislation in 2014 - Water Efficiency Watch Ne
www.allianceforwaterefficiency.org
Water Efficiency Watch Newsletter - January 2014

Canada faces an estimated $88 billion water and waste water infrastructure defic...

Tue, 01/28/2014 - 09:35
Canada faces an estimated $88 billion water and waste water infrastructure deficit, which will grow with a "business as usual" approach. The Blue Economy Initiative has released a new report, Blue City: The Water-Sustainable City of the Near Future, meant to help policy-makers, government officials, businesses and community leaders create tangible solutions for sustainable water management on a national and global scale.


Blue City: | Blue Economy Initiative
www.blue-economy.ca
This is a story about what is possible in urban water sustainability. The Water Sustainable City of the Near Future (the City) is an idea that is emerging and well within reach for most communities. It is not a utopian fantasy. The elements that make the City exemplary are occurring in real places a...

Click here for the first Water Efficiency Watch of 2014! Get news on California'...

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 13:19
Click here for the first Water Efficiency Watch of 2014! Get news on California's drought, new conservation resources, policy movement in several states and more from the water efficiency world.


Water Efficiency Watch Newsletter - January 2014
www.allianceforwaterefficiency.org
Water Efficiency Watch Newsletter - January 2014

AWE President Mary Ann Dickinson poses with Ben Grumbles, US Water Alliance Pres...

Fri, 01/24/2014 - 11:48
AWE President Mary Ann Dickinson poses with Ben Grumbles, US Water Alliance President and Inge Bisconer, President of the California Irrigation Institute - after Ben announced our US Water Prize win, and Mary Ann moderated a discussion on "Building a Water and Energy Efficient California" - at the California Irrigation Institute’s 52nd annual conference this week.

We are very proud to announce that AWE has won the 2014 US Water Prize for our w...

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 09:04
We are very proud to announce that AWE has won the 2014 US Water Prize for our work promoting water efficiency and sustainable water use. The prize, awarded by the U.S. Water Alliance, recognizes "shining water stars" that have made an outstanding achievement in the advancement of sustainable solutions to our nation’s water challenges. It is a great honor to receive this award and we thank all of our members for your partnership over the past 6 years - we could not have done it without you!


2014 U.S. Water Prize Winners Announced -- WASHINGTON, Jan. 23, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --
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WASHINGTON, Jan. 23, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- 2014 U.S. Water Prize Winners Announced.

A recent report and great infographic from NRDC demonstrate the economic benefit...

Wed, 01/22/2014 - 10:54
A recent report and great infographic from NRDC demonstrate the economic benefits of green infrastructure elements - such as rainwater capture and green rooftops - to commercial property owners and their tenants.


Green Stormwater Infrastructure, Commercial Property | NRDC
www.nrdc.org
Cities and others have promoted these practices to commercial property owners as a way to improve stormwater management and, in some communities, to reduce stormwater utility bills.

A new guidebook from the Environmental Law Institute puts a twist on water polic...

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 11:07
A new guidebook from the Environmental Law Institute puts a twist on water policy development, focusing on what influences success, rather than the policies and programs themselves. Check out the guidebook here for key factors that ultimately determine the success or failure of water initiatives in the Western United States.


Alliance for Water Efficiency News
www.allianceforwaterefficiency.org
A new guidebook from the Environmental Law Institute puts a twist on water policy development. Focusing on what influences success, rather than the policies and programs themselves, Five Things to Consider When Developing and Adapting Water Policies and Programs in the West lays out key factors that...

On Friday, the Governor of California officially proclaimed a State of Emergency...

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 09:08
On Friday, the Governor of California officially proclaimed a State of Emergency and directed state officials to take all necessary actions to prepare for drought conditions, with California facing water shortfalls in the driest year in recorded state history. We encourage California members to take advantage of our resources - including a Household Water Calculator and tips on Home-Water-Works.org, as well as the Never Waste campaign - to help customers conserve during this critical time.


Alliance for Water Efficiency News
www.allianceforwaterefficiency.org
With California facing water shortfalls in the driest year in recorded state history, Governor Brown today proclaimed a State of Emergency and directed state officials to take all necessary actions to prepare for these drought conditions. The Governor’s drought State of Emergency follows a series o...

East Bay MUD in California works with WaterSmart Software to blend personal wate...

Thu, 01/16/2014 - 08:56
East Bay MUD in California works with WaterSmart Software to blend personal water data, conservation information and competitive spirit - helping residents reduce water use by 5% on average - with their new Home Water Reports. Great piece on great work by two AWE members.


Drought Fighting Tool: Using Water Data To Change Behavior, Promote Conservation
www.forbes.com
Does blending personalized water consumption data, conservation tips and competitive spirit create the right formula for getting people to use less water? That would be "yes" for the East Bay Municipal Utility District, which announces on Tuesday that participants in a year-long experiment have redu...

Our Never Waste water bottle was recently spotted on the continental divide in M...

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 11:33
Our Never Waste water bottle was recently spotted on the continental divide in Montana chilling in the snow. However, much of the western U.S continues to face drought conditions and supply concerns. Remember that there are many ways to do your part and conserve water. For example, just turning off the tap when you brush saves 6 of these bottles every time! Learn more about what you can do and help spread the word at www.NeverWaste.org.

Thanks to conservation programs, growing awareness and changing attitudes, Albuq...

Mon, 01/13/2014 - 10:16
Thanks to conservation programs, growing awareness and changing attitudes, Albuquerque's water use is the lowest it has been in 30 years, while population has grown 70% in the last two decades.


Total ABQ water use lowest in 30 years
www.abqjournal.com
Albuquerque water users responded to the drought of 2013 by reducing their water use 7 percent, the biggest one-year drop since 1997, according to a year-end report from the Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority

As water flows from Folsom Lake to the American River are reduced significantly,...

Thu, 01/09/2014 - 09:05
As water flows from Folsom Lake to the American River are reduced significantly, many California cities are considering stronger conservation measures and asking residents and businesses to change their habits.


Sacramento officials push for mandatory water reductions by residents - The Sacramento Bee
www.sacbee.com
In what might be a first for the region’s largest city, Sacramento officials are recommending the City Council approve mandatory reductions in water use by the public.

“It sure looks like in the 21st century, we’re all going to have to use less wat...

Tue, 01/07/2014 - 13:29
“It sure looks like in the 21st century, we’re all going to have to use less water.” - Good piece on supply realities in the Colorado River Basin and many AWE members that are taking steps to become even more efficient.


Colorado River Drought Forces a Painful Reckoning for States
www.nytimes.com
Drought and population growth are driving a reassessment of how the 1,450-mile Colorado, the Southwest’s only major river, can continue to slake the thirst of one of the nation’s fastest-growing regions.

WaterSmart Innovations may seem a long way off, but the deadline for abstracts i...

Mon, 01/06/2014 - 08:25
WaterSmart Innovations may seem a long way off, but the deadline for abstracts is just around the corner! Submit yours by January 17th for your chance to present to the largest gathering of water efficiency professionals of its kind.


WaterSmart Innovations 2014 — WaterSmart Innovations 2014 // October 8-10, 2014 // Las Vegas, NV
speakers.watersmartinnovations.com
WaterSmart Innovations 2014 // October 8-10, 2014 // Las Vegas, NV

2013 was officially the driest year on record in much of California, and initial...

Thu, 01/02/2014 - 10:43
2013 was officially the driest year on record in much of California, and initial readings of the snowpack - which provides much of California's water - indicate water content is only 20 percent of normal.


For Much Of California, 2013 Was Driest Year On Record - weather.com
www.weather.com
A swath of California closed out 2013 as the driest year on record, marked by above-normal temperatures and thirsty reservoirs.

It's almost 2014 - are you making resolutions this year? Why not find new ways...

Tue, 12/31/2013 - 15:53
It's almost 2014 - are you making resolutions this year? Why not find new ways to be water wise! Tell us how you'll plan to save water or reduce waste - or help others do so! Need ideas? Try our water calculator to see if there are changes you can make at home to be even more efficient, and view our tips for saving water indoors and outdoors! Happy New Years Eve - we look forward to seeing you all in 2014!


Water Usage Calculator, Water Conservation and Efficiency | Home Water Works
www.home-water-works.org
Home Water Works and the Water Calculator provide water conservation information, resources and tips to help reduce your household water usage.

A new Sonoma State University program wil train students to be the next generati...

Fri, 12/27/2013 - 14:57
A new Sonoma State University program wil train students to be the next generation of conservationists and water engineers. Read more from the Press Democrat.


Water agency program trains Sonoma State University students in conservation
www.pressdemocrat.com
Water agency program trains Sonoma State University students in conservation

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