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The World Water Week conference in Stockholm earlier this month focused on the w...

AWE - Tue, 09/16/2014 - 09:22
The World Water Week conference in Stockholm earlier this month focused on the water-energy nexus, bringing together companies, governments and utilities to discuss comprehensive long-term strategies for current and future water and energy needs. This Guardian piece provides a look at challenges and opportunities and calls for "shifting the focus to finding more efficient, integrated solutions to these challenges."


Solutions to the water energy nexus remain elusive
www.theguardian.com
While businesses are acting on the interconnected issues of water and energy, the voice of power companies and energy producers is largely absent

Can you take a shorter shower and conserve more water than a friend or family me...

AWE - Fri, 09/12/2014 - 12:48
Can you take a shorter shower and conserve more water than a friend or family member? Soon a new app and hardware hack may let you compete. More from TechCrunch on how Silicon Valley is looking at innovations to help solve water shortages.


Shower With Friends Lets You Gamify Water Consumption | TechCrunch
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An engineering team from Mashery may have a good solution to California's drought problem - just shower with friends. The team of five presented Shower with..

4,000 high-efficiency bathroom fixtures + 28 public school buildings in NYC = ha...

AWE - Thu, 09/11/2014 - 07:28
4,000 high-efficiency bathroom fixtures + 28 public school buildings in NYC = half a million gallons of water saved per school day. With a goal of reaching 500 buildings and roughly 40,000 bathroom fixtures, this NYC DEP program will help ensure an adequate water supply for NYC and reduce costs to treat and deliver water. Learn more here.


DEP Upgrades Public Schools in All Five Boroughs to Conserve Water
www.nyc.gov
New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Commissioner Emily Lloyd today announced that nearly 4,000 new, high-efficiency bathroom fixtures have been installed at 28 public school buildings throughout the five boroughs which has resulted in an approximately 71 percent reduction in w…

Need new ideas to engage customers? Combine smart water use and the ever-popular...

AWE - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 15:11
Need new ideas to engage customers? Combine smart water use and the ever-popular selfie to create a #droughtselfie! San Diego County Water Authority is encouraging college students to promote water conservation by sending selfies with magnets displaying the authority’s “When in Drought” message to win prizes.


Water Conservation Promoted with Student Selfie Contest - Times of San Diego
timesofsandiego.com
The San Diego County Water Authority is encouraging college students to promote water conservation by sending selfies with the "When in Drought" message.

Implementation of a rate change is just as important as the rate design. An ambi...

AWE - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 13:38
Implementation of a rate change is just as important as the rate design. An ambitious rate change can be undone overnight if customers don't understand or support it. Check out a new AWE case study on how Cobb County Water System in Georgia successfully rolled out a brand new rate structure to 175K customers - which would result in a 300% price increase for some - through a smart public engagement strategy. http://bit.ly/1nynWUw


Case Study: Cobb County, Georgia Successfully Implements Efficiency-Oriented Rate Structure and...
www.financingsustainablewater.org
In 2006, Cobb County Water System in Metro Atlanta received a directive from the Metropolitan North Georgia Water Planning District to implement conservation rates. Anticipating strong opposition from its 175,000 customers, Cobb County assembled a core Rate Setting Team to develop and execute a robu…

Sign up for our free webinar on September 9 for an introduction to our new Finan...

AWE - Tue, 09/02/2014 - 08:32
Sign up for our free webinar on September 9 for an introduction to our new Financing Sustainable Water (www.FinancingSustainableWater.org) resources, a demonstration of what the new Sales Forecasting and Rate Model can do, and a preview of what's coming next to help utilities align rates, revenues and resources. Register here: http://tinyurl.com/m8s5j7h


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10 powerful side-by-side comparisons of water sources in California in 2011 and...

AWE - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 08:18
10 powerful side-by-side comparisons of water sources in California in 2011 and 2014. Take a look at the impact of drought.


Dramatic Before and After Photos Show California's Shrinking Water Supplies
abcnews.go.com
In this before-and-after composite image, above, the Enterprise Bridge passes over full water levels at a section of Lake Oroville on July 20, 2011 in Oroville, Calif. The Enterprise Bridge, below, passes over a section of Lake Oroville that is nearly dry on Aug. 19, 2014 in Oroville, Calif. As the…

We're excited to announce the launch of our new initiative, Financing Sustainabl...

AWE - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 08:16
We're excited to announce the launch of our new initiative, Financing Sustainable Water, to help water managers build better rate structures that improve revenue stability and encourage resource efficiency. Read the announcement at www.a4we.org, and check out our new suite of tools for water managers, elected officials, and consumers at http://www.financingsustainablewater.org/!


Financing Sustainable Water | A Project of the Alliance for Water Efficiency
www.financingsustainablewater.org
Financing Sustainable Water is an initiative of the Alliance for Water Efficiency. It was created to provide practical information to guide utilities from development through implementation of rate structures that balance revenue management, resource efficiency and fiscal sustainability. This websit…

Water rates are a powerful tool that can send a message about the value of water...

AWE - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 10:14
Water rates are a powerful tool that can send a message about the value of water and support utility fiscal health. This op-ed argues for "sensible tiered water rates" in California that give homeowners a financial incentive to reduce use during the drought and help utilities meet rising costs.


Sensible tiered water rates needed to curb use - The Sacramento Bee
www.sacbee.com
Buried in the small print of the California Water Resources Control Board’s emergency regulations is an alternative that has gone largely unnoticed. Instead of imposing restrictions on outdoor water use, a supplier may obtain board approval for “allocation-based rate structures.” Water suppliers cou…

Great Guardian story on AWE member Denver Water's recognition that "the era of b...

AWE - Mon, 08/25/2014 - 11:15
Great Guardian story on AWE member Denver Water's recognition that "the era of big infrastructure is over," their commitment to efficiency and creative approaches to education. Denver Water now serves almost twice the population it did fifty years ago and uses only six per cent more water.


Smarter urban water: how dammed Denver turned to ridiculing waste
www.theguardian.com
Denver drained rivers until its Two Forks dam was vetoed, but then a PR campaign instead diverted the city’s attention to conservation, says Emily Green

Making plans for WaterSmart Innovations? Don't forget to put our annual meeting...

AWE - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 12:40
Making plans for WaterSmart Innovations? Don't forget to put our annual meeting and in-person committee meetings on your schedule! Get the details here and we look forward to seeing everyone in Las Vegas!



Alliance for Water Efficiency Water Efficiency Watch Newsletter - August 2014
www.allianceforwaterefficiency.org
2014-08-03 Water Efficiency Watch is the online newsletter of the Alliance for Water Efficiency, edited by Peter Mayer .���

Are you in the know when it comes to the U.S. water system? 13 things you probab...

AWE - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 13:58
Are you in the know when it comes to the U.S. water system? 13 things you probably don't know but should!


13 Things You Probably Don't Know About the U.S. Water System (But Should)
newswatch.nationalgeographic.com
It’s been a rough year for the U.S. water system already, and it’s only summer. Two U.S. cities (Charleston, West Virginia, and Toledo, Ohio) have gone for days with no safe water service. T...

"Waste Less, Pollute Less" - Urban water conservation can help address both wate...

AWE - Mon, 08/18/2014 - 12:23
"Waste Less, Pollute Less" - Urban water conservation can help address both water quality and water supply issues. This new brief from NRDC explains how efficiency measures can advance Clean Water Act compliance.


Clean Water Act, Urban Water Supplies | NRDC
www.nrdc.org
NRDC: In many parts of the United States, cities and suburbs -- and the wastewater and stormwater utilities that serve them -- are among the largest sources of water pollution.

The powerful documentary on water challenges, Last Call at the Oasis, has been u...

AWE - Fri, 08/15/2014 - 10:08
The powerful documentary on water challenges, Last Call at the Oasis, has been updated with new footage on the California drought and Colorado River Basin groundwater depletion. Watch four new outtakes from National Geographic.


4 Things You Need To Know About the California Drought
newswatch.nationalgeographic.com
Oscar Winner Jessica Yu updates her 2012 water documentary Last Call at the Oasis and shares 4 outtakes on the California drought, groundwater depletion and novel ideas on saving water. As you have...

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.


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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.

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