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Highlighting a Member’s Innovative Program:

Contractor performance payments for following a water budget and achieving water savings

Friday, September 11, 2015

The San Diego County Water Authority and San Diego Gas & Electric recently co-sponsored a program to improve landscape irrigation for commercial properties with dedicated landscape meters. The program offered $1,700 to landscape contractors able to reduce average annual water use by 20 percent over a 12-month period from an established baseline.  Participants were required to manage landscapes to a water budget. Additionally, incentives were offered for labor and materials to 1) fix leaks, 2) reduce pressure, and/or 3) install irrigation efficiency upgrades to improve irrigation distribution uniformity.  

Do you need help with the AWWA Water Audit?

Wednesday, September 02, 2015
As you should be aware, agencies are expected to use the AWWA Water Audit Software to meet one of the coverage requirements of the Water Loss Control BMP (1.2). This software allows utilities to complete a preliminary water system audit in the standardized and transparent manner advocated by the American Water Works Association (AWWA)...

What to do when you realize you’re not perfect …

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Last week I encouraged you to get started on your BMP reporting by scrolling through the database to see what information you will need, and from whom. If you’ve already gotten started, you may have realized that you forgot to track some data needed to complete a report or perhaps there are gaps in your water efficiency programs. Well, I’m here this week to tell you: it’s okay, there’s a way forward, and it’s not too late to get started. To learn more, please read on … 

G3: Watershed Wise Landscape Professional Training

If You Really Want To Change The Landscape, You Need A Green Workforce.

Thursday, August 20, 2015
As an EPA approved WaterSense Partner, the G3 Watershed Wise Landscape Professional (WWLP) training is the only program nationally that builds critical thinking skills for evaluating landscapes and making water efficient, carbon sequestering, AND storm water reducing renovation decisions using the watershed approach. The class also includes a landscape water audit, site evaluation, and rain garden installation to reinforce and apply the theories learned in the classroom. Participants leave the workshop ready to use this knowledge in the field.

Upon successful completion of the coursework, participants acquire the WaterSense® labeled professional certification. This certification entitles them to be listed on the EPA WaterSense website as well as on the G3 searchable database for certified landscape professionals.

Visit the G3 website to find the training, test, and workshop schedules.


When to Get Started With BMP Reporting and How to Do It

Thursday, August 13, 2015

If you are an experienced water conservation coordinator, and have been doing BMP reporting for many years, then perhaps the information below will ring true for you or you might have other timely advice to add. However, if you are new to water efficiency or have assumed a new position – one in which you will be responsible for BMP reporting soon – then please read my story and the advice that follows. I offer it humbly in the hopes that it can help others to avoid similar pitfalls.

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