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Program & Networks > Specialist Networks (for members) > Water Efficiency >
Water Efficiency
  • The aim of the Water Efficiency network is to achieve a common understanding on the best way forward to improve the implementation and evaluation of water efficiency programs, and how customers and technology play an important role in reducing water consumption.


    The network intends to cover all issues relating to water efficiency and demand management including subjects such as irrigation, auditing, rebates etc.


    “Water Efficiency and Conservation” is the active involvement in achieving more using less water resources and conserving the existing and future water resources in the various forms.




    • Facilitate and support a common (Federal Government together with State industries) understanding on the best way forward to achieve quantitative and qualitative targets in a national Water Efficiency Program (WEP)
    • Facilitate and encourage the build-up of competency and best-practice capability in the water industry through training courses and conferences/conventions
    • Facilitate the implementation of new technology and approaches to improve performance in water use
    • Encourage pathways for WEP establishment
    • Encourage and facilitate the establishment of standards and benchmarks in the water efficiency and conservation area.


    Want to join the Water Efficiency Specialist Network?

    If you or a colleague would like to keep updated on the latest developments and events in Water Efficiency, then join us! To join this network you must be an AWA member. 







    National Business Water Efficiency Benchmarking website

    NBweb - is now up and running. Fourteen industry partners were involved in this Smart Water Funded project, led by South East Water. The online tool gathers valuable water use information across business sectors to establish water use benchmarks. NBweb offers the opportunity for a business to self-assess against water efficiency benchmarks and compare their performance against similar industry sectors.  The website offers 36 industry-specific fact sheets to help the user understand best practice standards. 

    As data is gathered, water utilities and their customers will be able to better understand their water use, inform water efficiency investments and identify priorities and best practice activities. 

    Water utilities can become partners for an annual fee.  This can all be done through NBweb.

    The Case for Water Efficiency Position Paper - October 2012


    This AWA Position Paper presents the argument that water efficiency is a necessary and effective way of maintaining a secure water supply into the future and should be a high priority in a suite of measures to achieve water security.

    Congratulations to the committee members who put so much effort and dedication into developing the position paper.


    Download the full position paper here.


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