WaterNow Alliance is assisting the Cheyenne Board of Public Utilities with the development of a water conservation program to help income-qualified customers save water and money a through a direct install program while also creating a toolkit that can be rebranded and replicated by other cities.
The Cheyenne Board of Public Utilities (Cheyenne) recently approved funding for a water conservation program targeted at income-qualified customers that will cover the cost to purchase and installation of up to two water efficient toilets, shower heads and faucet aerators per qualifying household. The program will also assist with fixing leaks inside the home. Cheyenne, which has just one full time conservation program staff member, applied for WaterNow’s Project Accelerator Program seeking outside assistance to design the conservation program, optimize workflows, formulate an outreach strategy, design promotional materials, and identify metrics to track program success.
Working in collaboration with Cheyenne, WaterNow will provide overall program design recommendations, develop processes and create templates and other materials to ensure that program administration is not overly burdensome for Cheyenne’s limited water conservation staff resources. To maximize public knowledge of and participation in the direct install program, WaterNow will develop an outreach strategy and design promotional materials. Additionally, WaterNow will create a flier with indoor and outdoor water saving tips aimed at helping all Cheyenne customers use water more efficiently.
To demonstrate the value and success of the direct install program and to quantify long term water savings, WaterNow will develop a workbook to track program applications and metrics. The tracking tool will be used to easily generate reports for interested stakeholders and provide a compelling argument for other cities to offer similar programs.
Finally, WaterNow will use the information gathered and lessons learned throughout this process to develop a direct install program tool kit that can be rebranded and used by cities throughout the US to implement similar programs. Direct install programs like this are important solutions that are replicable, scalable and help cities diversify their water resource portfolios.
In October, WaterNow launched its Project Accelerator. This program provides water utilities with 3-6 months of technical and program assistance to help jumpstart a local sustainable water project. Learn more ...