Racking up the Savings: Planning and Evaluating Cost-beneficial Water Conservation Programs
Keyes, Alice Miller
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As Georgia communities strive to use water more efficiently, planning for the appropriate water conservation programs is critical to successfully managing demands. The Alliance for Water Efficiency, a national stakeholder-based non-profit, non-governmental organization dedicated to the efficient and sustainable use of water, has developed an Excel-based model that can evaluate the water savings, costs, and benefits of conservation programs for a specific water utility. The presentation will overview the tracking tool components, including data needs and expected outputs. Using information entered into the Tool from the utility’s system, it provides a standardized methodology for water savings and benefit-cost accounting, and includes a library of pre-defined conservation activities from which users can build conservation programs. The presentation will also describe how water utility managers can use the Tool in a variety of ways to aid their water resource planning and operations.
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