What a year it’s been! WaterNow Alliance hit the ground running and never stopped. Here’s a by-the-numbers look at some of our top highlights:

    • 194 new members from 8 new states. Our membership doubled over the last year as we reached new cities and states. We now have 371 members in 32 states, cumulatively serving over 67 million Americans.

 

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  • 1 major policy win, potentially unlocking millions of dollars in funding for sustainable water technology
    After a 3-year effort by WaterNow Alliance and a team of experts and coalition partners, the Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB) approved a technical implementation guide indicating that public utilities have the option of using capital (debt) to finance certain programs, such as reimbursing customers for water efficient appliances, instead of paying for these programs exclusively out of operating cash. While this program may not have been splashed all over news headlines, this technical change has huge potential, allowing cities and water utilities to finance localize, sustainable water projects like never before. You can read more about this change here on our website, and be sure to keep an eye out as we will be launching a number of initiatives to educate communities about how to take advantage of this opportunity in the coming months.
  • 100+ leaders convened at our Annual Summit in Salt Lake City.
    WaterNow’s 3rd Annual Summit brought together leaders from across the nation who want to champion sustainable water solutions in their communities. Read our full report back of this year’s event and be sure to register for this year’s summit in Austin, TX on March 27-28, 2019.

  • 3 outstanding visionaries with our 2nd Annual WaterNow Impact Award and WaterNow Leadership Award.
    Brian Probolsky on behalf of the Moulton Niguel Board of Directors and San Francisco PUC Commissioner Francesca Vietor, were honored with the WaterNow Impact Award. Former Boulder Mayor Matt Appelbaum was this year’s recipient of the WaterNow Alliance’s Leadership Award. Read their stories here.
  • 8+ briefings, workshops and webcasts.
    WaterNow Alliance’s convenings addressed rates, communications and water use efficiency and reached 550+ people in 18 states 

    “Communicating with Ratepayers: How to get Past Paying More for Less” We teamed up with Raftelis, Moulton Niguel Water District, and Maddaus Water Management on our first communications workshop series. We shared best practices and lessons with local water leaders on how to communicate more effectively and successfully with their customers and build trust, especially as rates are going up throughout the country. In 2018, we visited Avondale, AZ, Long Beach, CA and Las Vegas, NV and conducted two webcasts. If you’d like to view this webcast series and the information provided, be sure to check out the Member Portal.

    “Understanding California’s Water Efficiency Legislation: Exploring the New Framework for Water Providers”
    In May of 2018, California passed AB 1668/SB 606 to put California on the path to greater water use efficiency. While these bills were intended to encourage water suppliers to develop water efficiency strategies tailored to their communities, there was confusion over the requirements of the new law. WaterNow presented a series of 4 webcasts and an in-person workshop at the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California to break down what the Water Efficiency Legislation does and doesn’t do and how it evolved over the course of the legislative process. 
  • 2 rounds of Project Accelerator.
    WaterNow’s Project Accelerator provides water utilities with 3-6 months of technical and program support to jumpstart innovative, environmentally sustainable local water initiatives. Our expertise spans from deep water policy to data collection and analysis to communications strategy. In 2018, WNA completed 2 application rounds, working with the Cities of San Clemente and Ontario, CA and the City of Cheyenne, WY and the Cities of Thornton, CO and Moulton Niguel Water District. You can read more about each of these projects here, and keep an eye out, we’ll be launching the new round in the coming year!
  • 1 (Very Large) Leak Detection Pilot Study
    WaterNow Alliance was selected in a competitive process by the Santa Clara Valley Water District to help advance water conservation in the Bay Area. Together with the County of San Mateo, the Cities of Santa Clara, San Jose, Foster City and Burlingame, WNA is conducting a pilot study to better understand water saving opportunities for homeowners using next-generation leak detection devices. After opening up the application process in November, the pilot study received over 350 applicants within the first few days. Installation of these devices will begin soon, and the study will continue into 2019. 

  • 28 conferences attended
    WaterNow was everywhere in 2018! From National League of Cities to WaterSmart Innovations to the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, we were on the move, presenting to packed rooms on our Communications workshop, municipal bond financing, and the state of water issues. Below, Executive Director Cynthia Koehler presenting to a packed room at the NLC’s 2018 City Summit. She spoke about the new financing opportunity recently adopted by the Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB).
  • 17 Qualified Water Efficient Landscapers trained and certified
    Earlier this year, WNA facilitated the first Qualified Water Efficient Landscaper (QWEL) training in Colorado with the City of Aspen. QWEL is a water efficiency training for landscape professionals and a US EPA WaterSense labeled professional certification program for irrigation system audits. Over the course of 3 days, QWEL class participants learned applicable skills and knowledge about water-efficient design, management, and irrigation practices.
    Below, Colorado Basin Program Manager Lindsay Rogers with students from the City of Aspen, CO during a two-day training to become EPA-certified Qualified Water Efficient Landscapers
  • 4 New Staffers and 1 New Office!
    2018 was a big growth year for WaterNow! Sarah Musiker, Caroline Koch, Kate Moran and Iona Miller joined Cynthia, Lindsay, Danielle, Walt & Jesse on the WaterNow team. Come and visit us out in our great new digs in the San Francisco Presidio.

None of this would be possible without you, our members and supporters. Your engagement, feedback and hardwork to expand sustainable water strategies and jumpstarting water innovation makes this possible.  Thank you for your continued support of WaterNow Alliance. We look forward to continuing to work with you in the coming year.

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