Reference Materials


  • WasteWater Education 501(c)3:  Our message is simple and clear – all water is connected, all water use is connected, water is water~ not waste! Wastewater Education 501(C)3 is a public education, outreach and consulting organization dedicated to advocacy for the protection of water as a vital human and ecological asset through the implementation and management of affordable, appropriate wastewater systems. We are independent and impartial, assisting individuals and communities to discover the financial and environmental advantages of implementing sustainable, integrated water infrastructures. We provide information, resources and education activities to facilitate consensus building in an open, informed, collaborative, and inclusive process.
  • Ensia is a magazine showcasing environmental solutions in action. Powered by the Institute on the Environment at the University of Minnesota, they “connect people with ideas, information and inspiration they can use to change the world.”
  • The Decentralized Water Resources Collaborative (DWRC) conducts research and provides outreach to improve science, technology, economics, and management to help ensure these systems meet critical environmental and public health challenges.
  • The Water Environment Research Foundation based in Alexandria VA, administered a USEPA-ORD $8m grant to overcome the barrier of training and leadership options available to small community elected and appointed officials. This produced a number of Decentralized Systems Performance and Costs Fact Sheets which form part of our intervention tool set.
  • The Water Infrastructure Database focuses on transfer of performance and cost information of condition assessment, renewal engineering, and buried pipe location technologies for water and waste water pipes. WATERiD includes primary information about individual renewal technologies’ cost and performance, case studies for their real world applications, and the list of vendors, consultants and contractors available for a particular technology on a regional basis WATERiD ensures a single point information center for the utilities where they can find all the relevant information that will help in expediting the decision making process for the selection of appropriate condition assessment and buried pipe location technologies.
  • Founded in 1964, the purpose of the 12,000 member American Water Resources Association is “to be recognized as the pre-eminent multidisciplinary association for information exchange, professional development and education about water resources and related issues.”
  • WaterSense, a partnership program by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, seeks to protect the future of our nation’s water supply by offering people a simple way to use less water with water-efficient products, new homes, and services. WaterSense brings together a variety of stakeholders to:
    • Promote the value of water efficiency.
    • Provide consumers with easy ways to save water, as both a label for products and an information resource to help people use water more efficiently.
    • Encourage innovation in manufacturing.
    • Decrease water use and reduce strain on water resources and infrastructure.

The program seeks to help consumers make smart water choices that save money and maintain high environmental standards without compromising performance. Products and services that have earned theWaterSense label have been certified to be at least 20 percent more efficient without sacrificing performance.

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