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Did you know that the over-taxed Colorado River irrigates 15% of our nation's cr...

AWE - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 10:48
Did you know that the over-taxed Colorado River irrigates 15% of our nation's crops and generates $26 billion in recreation and tourism? American Rivers and Western Resource Advocates identified five critical steps to meet current and future water needs in the Colorado River Basin, including 1 million acre-feet of municipal water conservation and 1 million acre-feet of agricultural conservation.


Press
www.coloradoriversolutions.org
Groundbreaking Report Recommends Effective Water Solutions for Agriculture, Business and Residential Use in Colorado River Basin

The crisis facing our fresh water supply "must force us to re-think how we manag...

AWE - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 11:39
The crisis facing our fresh water supply "must force us to re-think how we manage the efficiency of our water use.....Individual actions can, of course, be scaled up by government actions and regulations. The Alliance for Water Efficiency, for example, exists as an authoritative voice for water conservation in North America, informs and advocates for the development of state and municipal laws, codes, and standards, and supports a national partnership with the US Environmental Protection Agency called "WaterSense" that promotes best water conservation management practices for homes, hotels, factories, businesses, treatment plants and water distribution infrastructure, and rewards the best examples of the most efficient water conservation technologies."


Water Efficiency in a Global Crisis
www.huffingtonpost.com
Only 3 percent of the water on earth is fresh, and of that some 2 percent is locked in the polar ice caps, thus leaving us with the astonishing conclusion that the entire population on earth is reliant on 1 percent of the available water worldwide to...

Congrats to AWE member Austin Water for being honored by the Environmental Syste...

AWE - Mon, 08/11/2014 - 09:43
Congrats to AWE member Austin Water for being honored by the Environmental Systems Research Institute for their use of GIS technology to adapt to drought conditions!


Austin wins award for water conservation technology
impactnews.com
Austin Water Utility just beat out 100,000 sites from around the world to win an award recognizing its use of technology in water conservation efforts.

First Lady Gaga, and now Team Coco joins the fight against wasteful water use. K...

AWE - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 13:38
First Lady Gaga, and now Team Coco joins the fight against wasteful water use. Kick off the weekend with a laugh, and check out this series of fun PSAs featuring Conan O'Brien encouraging Californians to save water in creative ways!


Team Coco water saving tip: Test your toilets

Saving water is easy! Everyone can do their part. What’s your 20%? #TeamCocoH2O For more great water saving tips, visit: Are you as water smart as Conan? • h...

Are you up to speed on the nation's toilet politics? On July 10, the U.S. House...

AWE - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 10:51
Are you up to speed on the nation's toilet politics? On July 10, the U.S. House of Representatives passed an amendment to the 2015 Energy and Water Appropriations Act prohibiting federal spending for efficient toilets. AWE determined that efficient toilets mandated by the EPAct have already saved at least 18.2 trillion gallons - enough to sustain NY, Chicago and LA for 20 years! See what the water efficiency community is doing to oppose it here.


Alliance for Water Efficiency Water Efficiency Watch Newsletter - August 2014
www.allianceforwaterefficiency.org
Water Efficiency Watch Newsletter - August 2014

The August Water Efficiency Watch is here! Check out the latest in efficiency ne...

AWE - Tue, 08/05/2014 - 09:17
The August Water Efficiency Watch is here! Check out the latest in efficiency news, including regional drought updates, a new drainline carry study, legislative action, WaterSense activity and more.



Alliance for Water Efficiency Water Efficiency Watch Newsletter - August 2014
www.allianceforwaterefficiency.org
Water Efficiency Watch Newsletter - August 2014

Smart Irrigation Month may be over, but smart outdoor water use should never sto...

AWE - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 13:47
Smart Irrigation Month may be over, but smart outdoor water use should never stop. According to the Seattle Times, "This time of year, more than 40 percent of home water consumption takes place outdoors." Here's a look at outdoor conservation strategies that work well for the northwestern U.S. and beyond.


Smart, simple ways to conserve water outdoors
seattletimes.com
This time of year, more than 40 percent of home water consumption takes place outdoors. Although most tips for reducing outdoor water use have been around for decades, let’s take a fresh look at how to make those strategies work in real life in our region.

Market-based tools such as derivatives and insurance are often used in the energ...

AWE - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 14:11
Market-based tools such as derivatives and insurance are often used in the energy and agricultural sectors to mitigate the financial impact of risks like volatile weather. AWE's new white paper explores how these tools might be applied by water utilities to better manage the revenue risks of extreme weather and support good financial planning. Check it out here:


Alliance for Water Efficiency News
www.allianceforwaterefficiency.org
AWE has published a new white paper examining market-based strategies, such as derivatives and insurance, which are available to water managers and can be applied to help them mitigate the revenue risks associated with unpredictable weather. Water providers are facing rapidly evolving and increasing…

Great to see investments in water in AWE’s home state of Illinois. The legislati...

AWE - Tue, 07/29/2014 - 12:47
Great to see investments in water in AWE’s home state of Illinois. The legislation just signed by Governor Quinn builds on the Clean Water Initiative and emphasizes water efficiency, green infrastructure and other proven techniques that will make Illinois more resilient and prepared for the future.


Illinois.gov - Illinois Government News Network (IGNN) - Search the News Results
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Illinois.gov - the Illinois Government News Network is your online source for State of Illinois government news, press releases, audio clips and soundbites, press contacts, and more.

#SmartIrrigationMonth isn't just a time to save water outdoors - it also saves e...

AWE - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 08:19
#SmartIrrigationMonth isn't just a time to save water outdoors - it also saves energy! An infographic from the U.S. Department of Energy shows that a well-designed landscape saves enough energy to pay for itself in less than 8 years!


Energy Saver 101 Infographic: Landscaping
energy.gov
Energy Saver 101 Infographic: Landscaping

Don't miss a free webinar July 30 hosted by AWE and WEAN-CRB on Creating Resilie...

AWE - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 08:46
Don't miss a free webinar July 30 hosted by AWE and WEAN-CRB on Creating Resilient Cities: Land Use, Water Planning, and Climate Change. We'll discuss key strategies to increase the resilience of cities, economic development, and our communities' quality of life by tapping into opportunities to connect land use planning with water management and vice-versa.


Alliance for Water Efficiency News
www.allianceforwaterefficiency.org
Announcing a webinar titled, Creating Resilient Cities: Land Use, Water Planning, and Climate Change Date: Wednesday, July 30, 2014Start Time: 11 am Pacific | 12 noon Mountain | 1 pm Central | 2 pm EasternDuration: 1 hourAs we move into the 21st Century, choices about land use and water use will con…

Join us at the One Water Leadership Summit, September 15-17 in Kansas City, MO!...

AWE - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 08:13
Join us at the One Water Leadership Summit, September 15-17 in Kansas City, MO! Discounted registration rates until 7/31. Don’t miss out!


2014 One Water Leadership Summit
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Full Registration: $445Alliance Member: $395 Nonprofit/ Presenter: $295Student: $195Monday ONLY: $145Tuesday ONLY: $195Wednesday ONLY: $145

To deal with ongoing drought, the State of California adopted on Friday emergenc...

AWE - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 08:26
To deal with ongoing drought, the State of California adopted on Friday emergency regulations mandating minimum actions by water providers to conserve water. The regulations refer to the rates work being developed by AWE to assist water utilities to recover revenue which may be declining due to drought restrictions. Stay tuned for news on our forthcoming new rates resources, and learn more about CA's news at www.a4we.org.


Alliance for Water Efficiency
www.allianceforwaterefficiency.org
To cope with its deepening drought, the State of California adopted on July 15, 2014 an emergency resolution and regulation which mandates minimum actions by water providers to curb water waste and conserve water. Contained within the State regulation is a reference to the rates work being compile…

Is your community ready for the impacts of too little rain or too much? Check ou...

AWE - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 09:23
Is your community ready for the impacts of too little rain or too much? Check out a new initiative from our friends at the Center for Neighborhood Technology (CNT) for help. RainReady.org offers policies and practices to help individuals and communities plan for weather events associated with global climate change.


CNT Initiative Helps America Become “Rain Ready” : Center for Neighborhood Technology
www.cnt.org
CHICAGO – The Center for Neighborhood Technology (CNT), a Chicago-based nonprofit with expertise in water management and urban flooding, just launched a new resource to help individuals, businesses, and communities find solutions to the problem of too much or too little water. CNT’s Rain Ready initi…

"Droughts affecting several Western states and especially California—where rainf...

AWE - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 11:00
"Droughts affecting several Western states and especially California—where rainfall and mountain snowpacks have been below normal for three years—can cost as much as other natural disasters and have the potential to affect society for hundreds of years." - A good, in-depth National Geographic piece on how droughts are changing the landscape in many states and why we must work to bring water demand down before nature does it for us.


Storms Get Headlines, but Drought Is a Sneaky, Devastating Game-Changer | Nat Geo Food
news.nationalgeographic.com
Droughts like the one unfolding in California don't offer the drama of deadly storms, but they can change society in profound and long-lasting ways.

Replacing older water-using appliances with EPA WaterSense labeled ones can achi...

AWE - Tue, 07/15/2014 - 10:58
Replacing older water-using appliances with EPA WaterSense labeled ones can achieve major water savings for years to come - 66 bottles worth EACH DAY for a toilet replacement! Check out our newest #NeverWaste ad to get the word out.


Join us July 29 for a webinar on how AWE members can benefit from our free water...

AWE - Mon, 07/14/2014 - 10:30
Join us July 29 for a webinar on how AWE members can benefit from our free water usage calculator and provide useful information to your customers. We'll provide information on how the calculator is structured, how to best utilize it in conservation programs, and new options for customization.


Alliance for Water Efficiency News
www.allianceforwaterefficiency.org
AWE TO HOLD WEBINAR ON THE HOME WATER WORKS WATER USAGE CALCULATOR Join AWE for an informative webinar on how to benefit from AWE’s free water usage calculator and provide useful information for your customers. The calculator, a main feature of AWE’s consumer-oriented Home Water Works website, is a…

Why aren't we doing more to recover non-revenue water in this era of drought and...

AWE - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 11:33
Why aren't we doing more to recover non-revenue water in this era of drought and scarcity? Check out AWE's point of view on the challenges and policy solutions - plus examples of how our partners and members are creating new supply through water loss control - in this month's "Fixes" column of the NYT - which looks at solutions to major social problems.


The Art of Water Recovery
opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com
The E.P.A. estimates that public water systems lose one-sixth of their water, mainly from leaks in pipes or service connections. Why don’t utilities do more to get it back?

Is it becoming trendy to have a water-efficient home? We hope so! According to t...

AWE - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 17:42
Is it becoming trendy to have a water-efficient home? We hope so! According to this Consumer Reports recap from a recent conference held by the National Association of Real Estate Editors, water efficiency is one of the top five real estate trends today, along with walkable neighborhoods and energy efficiency, as the industry continues to rebound.


Real Estate Trends | Trade Show - Consumer Reports News – Consumer Reports News
www.consumerreports.org
The National Association of Real Estate Editors held its annual conference in Houston. Here are the top trends from the show.

Water levels at Lake Mead, America's largest reservoir, have dropped to a new lo...

AWE - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 08:31
Water levels at Lake Mead, America's largest reservoir, have dropped to a new low. Learn more here about what's at stake.


America’s Largest Reservoir Drains to Record Low As Western Drought Deepens
ecowatch.com
Yet despite a shrinking lake, diminishing supplies and ardent pleas from tour guides and

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