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A recent poll by USC Dornsife and the Los Angeles Times demonstrates the importa...

AWE - Mon, 06/23/2014 - 10:41
A recent poll by USC Dornsife and the Los Angeles Times demonstrates the importance of public engagement. 89% of people polled view the California drought as major problem or crisis, but few people think it affects their lives or want to finance improvements. Learn more via the LA Times:


Poll finds little support for drought spending despite broad awareness
www.latimes.com
Most Californians surveyed say the statewide drought has had little or no impact on their daily lives, and a majority oppose the suspension of environmental protections or large-scale public spending to boost water supplies, a new USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times poll has found.

October 7th is our annual membership meeting, just before the WaterSmart Innovat...

AWE - Thu, 06/19/2014 - 12:11
October 7th is our annual membership meeting, just before the WaterSmart Innovations conference kicks off in Las Vegas. We're pleased to announce that Bruce Rhodes, Manager of Water Resource Management at Melbourne Water, will be the headline speaker, with a talk entitled Lessons Learned from Australia: What Happens when the Drought is Over? Don't miss it!


Alliance for Water Efficiency News
www.allianceforwaterefficiency.org
Be sure to come to Las Vegas early on Tuesday, October 7, 2014 to catch the AWE Committee Meetings during the day and the Annual Membership meeting and reception starting at 5:00 p.m. Tuesday evening. Bruce Rhodes, Manager of Water Resource Management at Melbourne Water, will be the headline speake…

Progress on policies to promote water efficiency, a new WaterSense NOI, more too...

AWE - Wed, 06/18/2014 - 08:53
Progress on policies to promote water efficiency, a new WaterSense NOI, more tools for engaging consumers, and webinars, resources and more from AWE in our June Water Efficiency Watch. Get the latest on issues that affect you and your work here!


Water Efficiency Watch June July 2014
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Water Efficiency Watch June July 2014

The latest Black & Veatch study indicates more than 60% of water utilities need...

AWE - Mon, 06/16/2014 - 12:53
The latest Black & Veatch study indicates more than 60% of water utilities need a 5% or more annual rate increase for the next 10 years to cover costs, while water supply/scarcity remains one of the top five sustainability issues they face. Rate setting and financial planning practices that balance resource efficiency and revenue management will be key to creating sustainable utilities.


Most Water Utilities Are In the Red, Study Finds : Greentech Media
www.greentechmedia.com
Many U.S. water utilities don’t have the revenue to support sustainable operations.

Don't miss our free webinar June 19th on Water Loss! We will discuss the Water...

AWE - Fri, 06/13/2014 - 10:33
Don't miss our free webinar June 19th on Water Loss! We will discuss the Water Research Foundation's new model to help managers analyze and reduce water utility system leakage in the most cost-effective way. Learn more and register here:


Alliance for Water Efficiency News
www.allianceforwaterefficiency.org
AWE TO HOLD WEBINAR ON WATER LOSS: WHAT ARE THE BEST ECONOMIC OPTIONS FOR MANAGING LEAKAGE? This free webinar will discuss a newly‐completed project from the Water Research Foundation (Project 4372) that will help managers analyze and reduce water utility system leakage in the most cost effective wa…

Last Friday, Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper signed into law SB14-103, requi...

AWE - Wed, 06/11/2014 - 12:28
Last Friday, Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper signed into law SB14-103, requiring that all tank-type toilets, urinals, faucets and showerheads meet the same flow requirements as WaterSense labeled fixtures. Colorado is the fourth state to adopt WaterSense specifications, following California, Georgia, and Texas. Congratulations to all who worked hard on this important legislative victory in Colorado! Check out the enacted bill here.


Alliance for Water Efficiency
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On Friday, June 6, Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper signed into law SB14-103, which requires that as of September 1, 2016 all tank-type toilets, urinals, faucets and showerheads meet the same flow requirements as WaterSense labeled plumbing fixtures. This makes Colorado the fourth state to adopt…

San Francisco is installing smart meters for 180,000 homes and businesses, becom...

AWE - Mon, 06/09/2014 - 12:50
San Francisco is installing smart meters for 180,000 homes and businesses, becoming one of the first major cities to roll out real-time metering and tracking to help customers conserve water. Learn more here.


California drought: S.F. gets smart water meters
www.sfgate.com
[...] unlike a dieter who regularly steps on a bathroom scale, water consumers can't track the gallons as they flow down the drain. San Francisco, though, is aiming to change that, becoming one of the first major cities to roll out technology that allows water customers to track their use, and how m…

Yesterday was World Environment Day - but it's not too late to celebrate! What a...

AWE - Fri, 06/06/2014 - 09:17
Yesterday was World Environment Day - but it's not too late to celebrate! What are you doing this weekend to contribute to the protection of the environment? Perhaps repairing a leak or setting your sprinkler for efficient watering? Every action counts! http://www.unep.org/wed/


World Environment Day - Raise Your Voice, Not the Sea Level
www.unep.org
UNEP Goodwill Ambassadors Gisele Bündchen, Don Cheadle, Ian Somerhalder and Yaya Touré are sending an SOS to the world on behalf of Small Island Developing States

Greater efficiency in the agricultural sector will be key to sustainable water m...

AWE - Thu, 06/05/2014 - 10:10
Greater efficiency in the agricultural sector will be key to sustainable water management. This infographic from the USDA shows progress and plans made by American farmers over the last 70 years using methods like smart irrigation.


Ag Conservation: Research and Promotion Programs at Work
www.flickr.com
An infographic exploring water conservation efforts across American commodity production produced by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). AMS product.

Sign up today for our next free webinar on June 19 to learn about a newly‐comple...

AWE - Tue, 06/03/2014 - 10:24
Sign up today for our next free webinar on June 19 to learn about a newly‐completed Water Loss project from the Water Research Foundation that will help managers analyze and reduce water utility system leakage in the most cost effective way. The project produced a free user-friendly model for standard leakage component analysis for the water utility community. Sign up here!


Alliance for Water Efficiency News
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AWE TO HOLD WEBINAR ON WATER LOSS: WHAT ARE THE BEST ECONOMIC OPTIONS FOR MANAGING LEAKAGE? This free webinar will discuss a newly‐completed project from the Water Research Foundation (Project 4372) that will help managers analyze and reduce water utility system leakage in the most cost effective wa…

AWE members continue to lead the way on efficiency! NYC DEP has announced a new...

AWE - Mon, 06/02/2014 - 10:54
AWE members continue to lead the way on efficiency! NYC DEP has announced a new $23 million toilet replacement program that will save 10 million gallons of water per day, and reduce carbon emissions by 15,500 metric tons per year, the equivalent of removing 3,300 cars from the road.


DEP Announces $23 Million High Efficiency Toilet Replacement Program
www.nyc.gov
New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Commissioner Emily Lloyd today announced a new $23 million toilet replacement program to replace inefficient toilets in select residential properties across the five boroughs. The first phase of the program will begin later this spring, and…

Is water efficiency the overlooked, low-hanging fruit for commercial businesses?...

AWE - Fri, 05/30/2014 - 09:30
Is water efficiency the overlooked, low-hanging fruit for commercial businesses? This Environmental Leader article highlights three sites - a college campus, an office building, and a medical center - that achieved major cost savings through water efficiency investments.


Environmental Management & Energy News · Environmental Leader
www.environmentalleader.com
Environmental Leader

This #NeverWaste bottle is on its way to Aspen! Do you promote sustainable water...

AWE - Wed, 05/28/2014 - 14:10
This #NeverWaste bottle is on its way to Aspen! Do you promote sustainable water use when you travel? Post pictures of how you stay hydrated when jet setting and tag them with #NeverWaste to help us keep track!


The U.S. Government Accountability Office has updated its 2003 report on water a...

AWE - Tue, 05/27/2014 - 10:56
The U.S. Government Accountability Office has updated its 2003 report on water availability and found that 40 of 50 states expect shortages in the next 10 years. View the full report here.


Freshwater: Supply Concerns Continue, and Uncertainties Complicate Planning
www.gao.gov
Key issues related to freshwater availability and use—such as concerns about population growth straining water supplies, lack of information on water availability and use, and trends in types of water use—remain largely unchanged since 2003, according to state water managers, experts, and literature…

Before we head into a long weekend in the U.S., let's take a moment to recognize...

AWE - Fri, 05/23/2014 - 08:50
Before we head into a long weekend in the U.S., let's take a moment to recognize National Public Works Week and the thousands of people who help keep water flowing through faucets every day!


Timeline Photos
It's National Public Works Week! Did you know that the average American uses 100 gallons of water a day, which weighs approx. 834 POUNDS? Unlike many in the world, all we have to do is turn on the tap... no pumping, no carrying, no boiling to make sure it's safe to drink. We want to give a big THANK YOU to everyone that works in Public Works for their tireless commitment to maintain the infrastructure that provides us with these modern day conveniences. #NPWW

Did you miss our webinars showcasing Exemplary Member Programs for innovative ou...

AWE - Thu, 05/22/2014 - 08:43
Did you miss our webinars showcasing Exemplary Member Programs for innovative outdoor water conservation and commercial efficiency? It's not too late to access practical strategies shared by the San Antonio Water system and City West Water. Visit our archived webinars to access presentations and recordings!


AWE Webinars
www.allianceforwaterefficiency.org
PowerPointRecordingReportsACEEE-AWE's Tackling the Nexus: Exemplary Programs that Save Both Energy and WaterWestern Resource Advocates' Conservation Synergy: The Case for Integrating Water and Energy Efficiency Programs

It's May! That means it's time to check and spruce up your sprinklers. Residenti...

AWE - Wed, 05/21/2014 - 09:17
It's May! That means it's time to check and spruce up your sprinklers. Residential outdoor water use accounts for the use of over 9 billion gallons each day, so make sure you're doing your part to irrigate efficiently. Get tips and materials for your community from EPA WaterSense here.


May is the time for Sprinkler Spruce–Up! | Healthy Waters for EPA's Mid-Atlantic Region
blog.epa.gov
As we approach summer, some of us start to think about watering our lawns and gardens to keep them looking their best. Do you get tired of dragging out the hose every day or letting your sprinkler cool off the sidewalk? These tips will help you use water more wisely!

Great WSJ piece on how applying behavioral economics and bringing together techn...

AWE - Tue, 05/20/2014 - 09:44
Great WSJ piece on how applying behavioral economics and bringing together technology, personalized information, and friendly competition can help customers conserve. Several AWE members - WaterSmart, East Bay Mud and H2OScore - mentioned as leading the way!


Water utilities try a new approach to get people to conserve: peer pressure.
online.wsj.com
Utilities say people cut back consumption if they see how much they use compared with others

Four cities are coming together to create an innovative water conservation plan...

AWE - Mon, 05/19/2014 - 09:20
Four cities are coming together to create an innovative water conservation plan to maintain water levels of Lake Mead & Lake Powell by helping farmers, industries and municipalities to reduce their water use, in an effort to avoid or delay shortages.


An Innovative Conservation Fund for the Colorado River
newswatch.nationalgeographic.com
The four largest cities that get their drinking water from the Colorado River are gearing up to pilot an innovative conservation scheme that pays farmers, industries and municipalities to reduce th...

Happy Friday! Check out this great behind the scenes video on The Making of Wate...

AWE - Fri, 05/16/2014 - 12:16
Happy Friday! Check out this great behind the scenes video on The Making of Watermark, a new documentary that explores mankind's complicated relationship with water, being screened across the U.S. this month.


An Immersive Look At Water | The Making Of Watermark

Photographer Edward Burtynsky and director Jennifer Baichwal give us an inside look into the making of their cinematic feat, Watermark. The documentary was s...

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