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AWWA joins efforts to save WaterSense

AWWA has collaborated on two letters to EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt urging that funding be continued for the WaterSense conservation program. The WaterSense program, which creates voluntary water-saving standards for many water-consuming products and for irrigation, could be targeted for elimination of funding in fiscal year 2018, which begins in October. Recognizing WaterSense-rated products form a vital part of many water utility conservation programs, AWWA collaborated with other groups on the letters. The president’s FY18 budget blueprint does not specifically mention WaterSense, and the program does not have congressional authorization, meaning that it is funded from EPA discretionary funds. Those funds are proposed to be substantially curtailed in the budget outline. 

Because of proposed cuts to Energy Star and other voluntary programs, we believe that the budget’s intent is to eliminate funding for WaterSense. Although the president’s proposed budget is not expected to pass, it is the opening position in a series of negotiations. One coalition letter was led by product manufacturers and was focused on the business benefits of WaterSense. The other coalition letter by the Alliance for Water Efficiency and was focused on the water-saving and customer-cost savings of WaterSense products.  

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. 

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A ripple is a gradually spreading effect or influence. It forms small waves or undulations, as water is agitated by a breeze. Those who vigorously promote the conservation of our water resources serve as small ripples with an enormous potential to create enduring waves.
The RIPPLE Award represents:
People and,
Promotions that
Lead to increased water

The award recognizes individuals who have sustained service or contributions to the Water Conservation  Division or demonstrated creativity, initiative and dedication to the work of the Division. 

Past Award Winners: 

  • 2017 – David Bracciano

  • 2013 – Alan Dietemann

  • 2012 – Mary Ann Dickinson

AWWA G480-13 Water Conservation Program Operation and Management

This utility management standard describes the critical elements of establishing, implementing, and evaluating an effective water conservation program. It encompasses utility activities to improve water use on the supply side through distribution system management and on the demand side through customer billing and education practices. A conservation program using this standard has the potential to impact all water users.

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Journal - American Water Works Association, a professional and scholarly journal published continuously since 1914, is the most respected publication in the water industry.
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Written primarily by AWWA members, Opflow provides technically detailed case studies and how-to articles that help readers provide safe water to all. Visit Opflow.

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Events calendar

Sustainable Water Management - An Introduction (online)
September 01, 2017 / Milwaukee, WI

Design-Build for Water/Wastewater
March 19, 2018 / Portland, CO

Sustainable Water Management Conference
March 25, 2018 / Seattle, WA

Next Generation Water Summit
April 29, 2018 / Santa Fe

Commercial Water Auditing
May 02, 2018 / Santa Fe