Water Conservation

Water Use Efficiency


Water conservation focuses on taking action to improve the effectiveness of water use through various means, such as choosing to change behavior by using those fixtures and appliances less. Water efficiency often refers to the state of water use in a community, and higher levels of efficiency implies the community uses less according to metrics such as gallons per person per day or gallons per acre of irrigated area.

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The second edition of M60 Drought Preparedness and Response is designed to help water managers who are facing water shortages. The manual illustrates the use of demonstrated methods of the past as well as the use of new tools and methods. The new second edition includes more examples of how water suppliers dealt with multi-year droughts by implementing changes to their programs from year to year or in response to different challenges. 


AWWA Reports

2016 National Survey of CII Water Efficiency Programs

  • In order to better understand utility practices for commercial, industrial and institutional (CII) water efficiency programs, AWWA conducted a survey in 2015 with responses from 380 water utilities across the US and Canada. This report describes the results and key findings of the survey of water utilities with active CII water conservation/water efficiency programs. It provides information about common practices, programs, data collection and analytical methodologies currently employed by utilities with active CII programs.

Water Conservation Communications Guide

  • AWWA volunteers created an easy-to-navigate toolkit designed to help water utilities communicate the value of conservation to consumers, public officials and other key stakeholders. 

AWWA Manuals of Practice


AWWA Standards

You may also search decades of articles on this or other topics published in the Journal AWWA, Opflow and AWWA Water Science.


2021 Sustainable Water Management Conference, Charlotte, March 7-10

AWWA Policy Statements

AWWA's policy statements are brief statements on protecting and improving water supply, water quality, management, and the interests of the public and the environment. They are written by consensus, subject to review and comment by AWWA committees, councils, and members. Because they represent AWWA's position on these matters, they are approved by the AWWA Executive Committee of the board of directors

Technical Committee Engagement

AWWA members are recognized globally for their industry expertise and their generosity in sharing that expertise for a better world through better water. AWWA members participate in committee activities, developing conference programs, writing technical manuals, developing standards, creating educational content and contributing to AWWA publications. Committee members primarily interact through conference calls, emails, and face to face meetings at conferences and events. Access more information on volunteering for an AWWA committee.

The following committees are active in addressing water conservation issues:


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