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The latest Estimated Use of Water in the U.S. report from the USGS has just been...

AWE - Thu, 11/06/2014 - 13:31
The latest Estimated Use of Water in the U.S. report from the USGS has just been released, showing the continued decline of water withdrawals across the board. U.S. water withdrawals are at the lowest levels since 1970 and down 13% since 2005. Public supply withdrawals also declined for the first time since reporting began! Get the full report and fact sheet here.


USGS Circular 1405: Estimated Use of Water in the United States in 2010
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Estimated Use of Water in the United States in 2010

It is estimated that our aging water infrastructure is losing over 2 trillion ga...

AWE - Tue, 11/04/2014 - 08:33
It is estimated that our aging water infrastructure is losing over 2 trillion gallons of treated water nationwide each year. NPR discusses the challenges facing water utilities and needed steps to fix the nation's water systems, with help from AWE members Center for Neighborhood Technology and Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning. Listen here!


As Infrastructure Crumbles, Trillions Of Gallons Of Water Lost
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The nation's aging pipes and water mains are springing expensive leaks, wasting more than 2 trillion gallons of drinking water nationally and 22 billion gallons in the Chicago area alone.

How can science and technology help us create smarter water customers? Join us f...

AWE - Fri, 10/31/2014 - 09:47
How can science and technology help us create smarter water customers? Join us for our first "Innovations in Efficiency" webinar on November 18 to learn how two AWE members are merging technology and scientific findings to instill a water ethic at home and in the classroom. Register now to reserve your space!


Alliance for Water Efficiency News
www.allianceforwaterefficiency.org
Water utilities now have a host of tools available to them – ranging from social media to mobile apps – to educate consumers on the need for efficiency. These strategies are becoming more diverse – and more effective – with a greater understanding of how people learn and new ways to monitor and comm…

Why is it important for Texas utilities to solve the "revenue/conservation parad...

AWE - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 10:03
Why is it important for Texas utilities to solve the "revenue/conservation paradox"? Our partners at the Texas Living Water Project examine the issues statewide in this informative blog post and invite Texas water stakeholders to join us at our upcoming Financing Sustainable Water workshops in Houston and Dallas on Nov. 12 and 13 to learn about tools, resources and strategies to solve this challenge. Get up to speed and sign up here!


Financing Sustainable Water: Tools for Solving the Revenue/Conservation Paradox - Texas Living...
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There are many reasons to get excited about water conservation. However, one big question that water utilities often confront is how can a utility sustain itself financially if it encourages its customers to buy less of its product? Solutions to this challenge don’t lend themselves to quick and easy…

AWE's 2014 Water Star winner Amy Vickers shares her thoughts on U.S. cities that...

AWE - Tue, 10/28/2014 - 13:00
AWE's 2014 Water Star winner Amy Vickers shares her thoughts on U.S. cities that have made "enormous leaps in conservation" - including many AWE members - and where there is room for improvement in this Next City piece.


These Cities Are Using Smart Tactics to Manage Water for the Future – Next City
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Want to be prepared for drought? In Las Vegas, Dallas and Boston, you’ll find good models.

We've seen significant gains in plumbing efficiency over the past 20 years, but...

AWE - Mon, 10/27/2014 - 11:27
We've seen significant gains in plumbing efficiency over the past 20 years, but this success is not without some issues and consequences. AWE's Mary Ann Dickinson and John Koeller address potential safety issues related to "Water Efficiency in the 21st Century" in this feature story from Plumbing Engineer magazine.


Plumbing Engineer - Features: October 2014: Water Efficiency in the 21st Century: What are the...
www.plumbingengineer.com
The Alliance for Water Efficiency, a non-profit organization headquartered in Chicago, has technical experts who have been working in the plumbing field for several decades. We offer our perspective here.

AWE's President Mary Ann Dickinson recently sat down with The Water Values Podca...

AWE - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 09:44
AWE's President Mary Ann Dickinson recently sat down with The Water Values Podcast to chat about a range of current water efficiency issues, including overall trends in water use, the impact of water conservation on rates, a blueprint for connecting water and energy, and much more! Listen in over your lunch break here.


Advocating for Water Efficiency with Mary Ann Dickinson - The Water Values
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Podcast: Play in new window | Download Mary Ann Dickinson, the President and CEO of the Alliance for Water Efficiency, comes on The Water Values Podcast to examine a range of current issues involving water efficiency and to discuss her…

Have you ever thought about all the water that's required to make Sunday footbal...

AWE - Tue, 10/21/2014 - 15:43
Have you ever thought about all the water that's required to make Sunday football happen? From fields to faucets, our favorite stadiums need significant amounts of water to function and welcome spectators. In the face of shortages and rising costs, many teams and venues are are embracing water-saving technologies to increase efficiency. Learn more from The New York Times.


Water Waste: Going, Going ...
www.nytimes.com
With water shortages affecting many communities, teams and stadium operators have been searching for new ways to reduce consumption.

Commercial efficiency programs can produce major savings. The NYC DEP's Hotel Wa...

AWE - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 13:16
Commercial efficiency programs can produce major savings. The NYC DEP's Hotel Water Conservation Challenge helped 11 hotels conserve water, and 4 participants achieved at least a 5% reduction - resulting in 11,300,000 gallons saved. NYC has shared a new Hotel Manager’s Guide to Water Efficiency, produced with help from AWE, which offers tips for conserving water in guest rooms, common areas, food service, laundry and pool operations. Learn more and download the guide to support your programs.


New York City Water Challenge to Hotels
www.nyc.gov
The New York City Water Challenge to Hotels, as it is officially known, was modeled after the Mayor’s Carbon Challenge and some of New York City’s largest hotels volunteered to participate in the challenge. The New York City Water Challenge asked New York City’s largest hotels to reduce their water…

Did you catch AWE's Mary Ann Dickinson and several AWE members in this piece by...

AWE - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 15:09
Did you catch AWE's Mary Ann Dickinson and several AWE members in this piece by award-winning journalist Cynthia Barnett on how we price our most precious resource?


Hey, America: It's Time To Talk About The Price Of Water
www.huffingtonpost.com
This story originally appeared on Ensia. This summer, a 90-year-old water pipe burst under Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles, sending a geyser 30 feet into the air and a flood of troubles over the UCLA campus. Raging water and mud trapped five peopl...

Join us for a webinar on Tuesday, October 21 at 11 a.m. Central time that will a...

AWE - Wed, 10/15/2014 - 08:51
Join us for a webinar on Tuesday, October 21 at 11 a.m. Central time that will address the emerging issue of pathogen growth in water efficient systems, highlight best practices for ensuring safety and efficiency in these building systems, and provide guidance on how to manage messages about this issue to your customers. Register here!


Alliance for Water Efficiency News
www.allianceforwaterefficiency.org
The Alliance for Water Efficiency will be conducting a free 60-minute webinar on Tuesday, October 21 at 11 a.m. Central time. This webinar will address the emerging issue of pathogen growth in water efficient systems, highlight best practices for ensuring safety and efficiency in these building syst…

Last week at the WaterSmart Innovations Conference in Las Vegas, AWE was proud t...

AWE - Mon, 10/13/2014 - 10:32
Last week at the WaterSmart Innovations Conference in Las Vegas, AWE was proud to present Amy Vickers with the coveted AWE Water Star Award for more than 25 years of achievements in the water efficiency field. Amy is a nationally recognized water conservation and efficiency expert, engineer, and author. Learn more about her here!


Alliance for Water Efficiency
www.allianceforwaterefficiency.org
On October 9, 2014 -- at the Water Smart Innovations Conference in Las Vegas -- the Alliance for Water Efficiency presented Amy Vickers with its coveted annual Water Star Award, an award intended to recognize individual excellence in water efficiency. Vickers was honored for over 25 years of achiev…

Join EPA for a webinar on water loss control next Wednesday to learn about tools...

AWE - Thu, 10/09/2014 - 09:14
Join EPA for a webinar on water loss control next Wednesday to learn about tools, policies and successful programs from several AWE partners and members! Register here.


Water Loss Control | Sustainable Water Infrastructure | Pacific Southwest | US EPA
www.epa.gov
Effective water loss control programs will reduce real (i.e., leaks) and apparent losses (i.e., improperly metered consumption). Controlling loss can increase revenue and water supply, an especially effective strategy during times of drought and economic uncertainty. This webcast will bring together…

This week, the U.S. Water Partnership launched H2infO, a new platform to offer t...

AWE - Wed, 10/08/2014 - 09:15
This week, the U.S. Water Partnership launched H2infO, a new platform to offer the international community access to U.S. knowledge, tools and research to solve water challenges. AWE is proud to be a member and to have contributed our work to this important effort. Learn more here.


U.S. Water Partnership Launches H2infO – Press Releases on CSRwire.com
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Press Releases get your corporate social responsibility news and information out to journalists, investors, and industry professionals utilizing CSRwire’s targeted reach.

What's the real relationship between conservation & rising water rates? AWE's Ma...

AWE - Mon, 10/06/2014 - 10:10
What's the real relationship between conservation & rising water rates? AWE's Mary Ann Dickinson explains why water efficiency is a smart investment for both utilities and consumer in this National Geographic blog post.


The Real Relationship Between Conservation and Rising Water Rates
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From Mary Ann Dickinson, President and CEO of the Alliance for Water Efficiency: A number of articles have been published recently which report on rising water rates across the U.S., pointing fing...

Join the #ShowerBetter Campaign to celebrate National Energy Action month and pr...

AWE - Fri, 10/03/2014 - 12:57
Join the #ShowerBetter Campaign to celebrate National Energy Action month and promote EPA WaterSense labeled showerheads in your communities and to friends and family. If every home in the United States replaced existing showerheads with WaterSense labeled models, we could save more than 260 billion gallons of water and nearly $5.1 billion in water and energy costs annually! Help spread the word and learn more at epa.gov/watersense


WaterSense | US EPA
www.epa.gov
Save water and protect the environment by choosing WaterSense labeled products in your home, yard, and business and taking simple steps to save water each day.

AWE is proud to have been part of The Johnson Foundation's Charting New Waters i...

AWE - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 09:14
AWE is proud to have been part of The Johnson Foundation's Charting New Waters initiative over the last six years. The capstone report from this effort provides a vision of what is both possible and necessary to achieve if our nation is to successfully navigate our water challenges - including a key recommendation to optimize the use of available water. Read the report here.


Navigating to New Shores | The Johnson Foundation at Wingspread
www.johnsonfdn.org
Without significant changes, existing water systems will soon no longer be able to provide the services that citizens have come to expect. Recent water crises have illustrated that the economic and social consequences of inaction are far too great for this country and its communities.

Montana recently released a draft of their new water plan - the first statewide...

AWE - Mon, 09/29/2014 - 13:02
Montana recently released a draft of their new water plan - the first statewide document addressing water challenges in over 20 years. The plan has put citizen involvement front and center, and emphasizes expanding water efficiency and conservation efforts. Learn from the Great Falls Tribune.


New water plan addresses user demands, climate
www.greatfallstribune.com
Recommendations out for public comment

Developing water rate structures to achieve diverse objectives is becoming more...

AWE - Thu, 09/25/2014 - 09:13
Developing water rate structures to achieve diverse objectives is becoming more challenging than ever. AWE is partnering with the Sierra Club and the Texas Water Foundation to host workshops for utilities in the Dallas and Houston areas November 12 and 13 to share new rate setting and financial management resources, including hands-on training on our new Sales Forecasting and Rate Model. Don't miss out - register today!


Financing Sustainable Water: Building Better Water Rates in an Uncertain World
www.texaswater.org
Participants will receive in-depth training on the new Alliance for Water Efficiency Sales Forecasting and Rate Model, an innovative, free and user-friendly tool that can help managers explicitly model rate structures and effects on revenue and water use.

Art, architecture and education come together in New York City as water tanks ar...

AWE - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 13:44
Art, architecture and education come together in New York City as water tanks are transformed into beautiful murals to promote water conservation and raise awareness of scarcity. Learn more about the Water Tank Project.


Artists Transform 100 NYC Water Tanks Into Stunning Works Of Art
www.huffingtonpost.com
In New York City, it's not uncommon to find art by famous painters and photographers hanging in unexpected corners of the boroughs. From street art to public art to contemporary elevator museums, every crevice of NYC seems to be open game for artists...

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