AWE Advises Obama's Transition Team on Investment in Water Efficiency
Water Efficiency as Stimulus and Long-Term Investment
The Alliance for Water Efficiency
advised President-Elect Barack Obama’s transition team about the employment
potential and economic benefits of broad investments in water efficiency.
AWE has prepared a position paper titled, “Transforming
Water: Water Efficiency as Stimulus and Long-Term
Investment ". The intent of the paper is to show that water
efficiency programs yield jobs, water savings and other economic benefits and
will be a cost-effective investment to consider for the stimulus package. It has
been reported that this document is already being used to help inform future
The AWE position paper had the following key findings:
- Direct investment on the order of $10 billion in water/energy efficiency
programs can boost U.S. Gross Domestic Product (GDP) by $13 to $15 billion and
employment by 150,000 to 220,000 jobs. It could save up to 10
trillion gallons of water, with resulting energy reductions as well.
- Water/energy efficiency programs can be rapidly deployed and scaled to
need. The paper provides a formula to use for scaling jobs to amount of
- Some of the best opportunities for conservation investment are in
lower-income areas where water distribution infrastructure has not been
adequately maintained or replaced and where household and commercial appliance
stocks tend to be older and less efficient.
- The long-term strategic, economic, social, and environmental benefits of
water/energy efficiency program make them “no-regret” investments in the
- Investing in water/energy efficiency programs now will, over the longer
term, help advance national energy policy, promote sustainable resource use,
contribute towards Green House Gas emissions reduction, and lessen mounting
regional conflicts over water resources.