Meeting Follow-up Work
1. Everyone - please give feedback to the
fact sheets to Michelle and Sharon.
If you need a copy, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
2. Terry- will provide Danielle updated Water
Saver award documents (including scoring criteria) to send out to the committee
for feedback. Terry will target the
final okay to be done in time for the July Board meeting.
3. Laurie – will follow up that Cary and
presenter are scheduled for a webinar practice with Marianne.
4. Danielle - follow up with Laurie to see who
should be included in a targeted list for advertising the water loss webinar
5. Jerry - ask WUC to comment on behalf of the
association on the plumbing code.
6. Danielle – will submit abstracts for
WATERCON - 2 of them.
Minutes from last meeting
Ermin Arslanagic, Mike Ramsey,
John Van Arsdel, Karl Johnson, Mary Ann Dickinson, Terry McGhee, Bill
Christensen, John Dillon, Carolyn Grieves, Danielle Gallet, Tom Pape, Cary McElhinney
Approval of the April minutes:
Call for approval for May 2013
meeting minutes - all approved.
Alliance for Water Efficiency
Danielle invited Mary Ann
Dickinson from AWE to talk give an update about what AWE has been working on
and what resources they have available for utilities. Mary Ann is a member of
our Water Efficiency Committee, and there are quite a bit of synergies between
the resources they have and what our committee is working on. Below is a brief
summary of that conversation.
AWE is based in downtown Chicago;
it is an international organization, member-based that assists communities and
business in achieving greater water efficiency and sustainable water use. They have a resource library with many topic
areas that is currently free to the public; however you are encouraged to check
it out now as it may be locked down to members only in the near future: http://www.allianceforwaterefficiency.org/resource-library/default.aspx. AWE also has a website for water users that
was built with the Field Museum based-on zip code data. The tool shows how household
water use is now and how it compares to your neighbors, and also addresses your
energy footprint: http://www.home-water-works.org/.
They have also launched a campaign that is free to its members called Never
Waste Consumer Campaign: http://www.allianceforwaterefficiency.org/1Column.aspx?id=8386&LangType=1033&terms=never%20waste%20campaign.
In addition to the resources
above, AWE has a number of programs that may be of interest to this committee
such as water loss. They are involved
with the national AWWA Water Loss Committee, and they will be doing a preview
workshop at a Wisconsin Water Conference this coming September, which folks are
invited to. They are also very
interested in the water and energy area. Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance and
AWE are in conversation about a joint project, and are hoping that Illinois
could be the first to give a tax credit for installation of the energy saving
AWE just finished some webinars
on rates and the issue of conservation and loss of revenue that comes from the
conservation of water. They are working
on a rates handbook, which is being prepared on how to design a rate structure
that keeps you stable. They are coming up with a better set of strategies to
encourage consumers to save water. AWE
is also creating a digital resources hub for water utilities. How do you get your city council members to
say "Yes" in getting a rate increase? They are working on models Stanford University,
and looking for other utilities that need help with their rate structure
issues. In addition to working with utilities on rates and conservation, AWE is
also looking to provide great outreach to the business communities. Businesses want to show reduction in water
footprint and carbon footprint. AWE is
working to secure funding to design a water footprint tool for the businesses.
AWE is a great resource for our
committee, and we look forward to keeping in touch with them in the future. If
you are interested in learning more or reaching out to AWE directly please feel
free to: 773-360-5100.
Committee Initiative Updates:
Laurie reported on the webinar
for July 10th, we currently have about 35 folks signed-up. Cary will be the moderator. It is an outdoor water efficiency utility
webinar, details below:
Sustainable Landscapes Designed for Potable
Wednesday July 10th from 12-12:30pm
Barrett, Green Water Infrastructure, Inc.
Abstract: In the midwest 30% of domestic potable water
is used outdoors. Most of this water is used for landscape irrigation and
overwatering is the single greatest cause of plant death. It has been estimated
that 60% of outdoor water use is wasted. Proper plant selection and design can
create a water conserving landscape that is beautiful and functional. Native
plants and plants adapted to the local climate can save 20% to 50% of outdoor
water use. In this webinar you will
learn how combining proper plant selection with good soil management practices
and education can significantly reduce outdoor water use.
master gardeners are also attending the workshop and AWE will be co-sponsoring
the webinar with ISAWWA and will be inviting a larger pool of utilities from
their membership as well – great collaboration!!!
WATER LOSS Series: Danielle
detailed that the water loss series is on schedule. We are looking for utility managers to lead
webinars who are using M36 in their water loss auditing. Ideally we want to
have speakers from a medium and a small size utility for the second and third
webinar. There were some suggestions on the call for utilities to look into, if
anyone has recommendations, particularly in the regional area of the Great Lakes,
please let Danielle know.
You received in a separate email
with the latest draft of the fact sheet created by Michele and Sharon. They
have received some feedback from the group, but we need to better support them
in creating this first ever fact sheet. Attached to the minutes is the latest
version – please consider reviewing
and providing constructive feedback to move this initiative along. Thank
Water Saver Award
Terry McGhee updated the
committee on the Water Saver Award: the scoring matrix is going well, which he
and Mike Ramsey collaborated on. We will be sending out these materials for the
committee to review before finalizing the scoring criteria. We are on track to present
our first award at WaterCon 2014. We plan to advertise the award opportunity in
the next issue of Splash and send out via email.
WATERCON 2014 – a reminder that abstracts are due by August 1st.
Danielle will be submitting two abstracts on behalf of our committee – one on
our committees initiatives and one as a
place holder for our Water Saver awardee.
Plumbing Code – Tom
Pape announced that the Illinois is considering changes to the plumbing
code. It is up for public comment now
and may be a very hot topic to bring forward at WATERCON. Suggest that we collaborate with the
Backflow Committee and the Water Utility Council. Tom will keep up with what is happening on
the plumbing code.