AWE Advises Obama's Transition Team on Investment in Water Efficiency

barack obamaThe 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 national policy.  Learn more here.

AWE Launches Resource Library

Library 2The Alliance for Water Efficiency is pleased to announce the formal launch of a comprehensive web-based Water Efficiency Resource Library, in cooperation with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, who is a major partner and funder of the program.  The Resource Library houses a substantial body of information about water efficiency programs, products, practices, and more. 

Water Efficiency Watch Newsletter for Nov-Dec 2008 Now Available

The new issue of Water Efficiency Watch features comments on WaterSmart Innovations by Mary Ann Dickinson, an update on the rejection of a UPC code amendment to limit multiple showerheads, new EPA climate strategy, Oregon approves graywater, Tucson approves rainwater harvesting, Georgia limits drought response, and much more.

WaterSense Releases Draft Water Budget Tool

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has developed a tool to guide builders, landscape professionals, and irrigation partners through the water budget calculations of the draft specification for water-efficient single-family new homes. Learn more and download the tool here.

U.S. EPA Names 2008 Water Efficiency Leaders

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced the recipients of its 2008 Water Efficiency Leaders Award.  2008 was the third year of awards.  Recognition was awarded in five categories in 2008: Water Utility, Corporate/Industry, Individual, Nongovernmental Organization, and Government.  Learn more here. 

2008 WaterSense Partners of the Year Recognized

watersenseLogoThe U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recognized four WaterSense partners for their outstanding accomplishments in increasing water efficiency across the country over the last year. The first WaterSense Partner of the Year awards were presented at the WaterSmart Innovations Conference and Exposition in Las Vegas, Nevada.

“WaterSense commends The Saving Water Partnership, Kohler, Ferguson, and Tim Malooly for achievements in the water-efficiency arena,” said Benjamin H. Grumbles, EPA’s assistant administrator for water. “With their help, WaterSense is transforming how Americans view water and is helping millions use it more efficiently.”  Learn more about the 2008 WaterSense Partner Awards here.

Congress Approves High-Efficiency Appliance Tax Incentives

Congress has given final approval to tax incentives for manufacturers of high-efficiency appliances, including water-saving clothes washers and dishwashers.  Section 305 of H.R. 1421, the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008, approved by the House of Representatives, includes incentives for extra-high efficiency clothes washers and dishwashers produced during the years 2008, 2009, and 2010.  This proposal was supported by appliance manufacturers, water utilities, and efficiency advocates, who reached agreement on recommendations for incentive amounts and qualifying efficiency levels in early 2007.  Manufacturers will be rewarded for bringing new models to market that are well above current Energy Star levels of energy and water efficiency.  These products will reduce consumer utility bills and pave the way for more widespread improvements in appliance efficiency in the years to come.

AWE Charter Sponsor Profile - Ewing Irrigation

Ewing logo 2Ewing provides water management solutions, commercial and residential irrigation supplies, landscape and agronomic products, landscape lighting, erosion control, hardscape, water features and industrial plastics to professionals serving the landscape, turf, golf and industrial industries.  Learn more about AWE Gold Charter Sponsor - Ewing Irrigation - here.