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Key Resources for Water and Wastewater Systems

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Reducing greenhouse gas emissions from water and wastewater systems includes a wide range of strategies and actions. Here are some key resources that can help you explore the range of opportunities and determine what fits well for your city or county.

  • ILG Whitepaper on Financing Sustainability Efforts
  • Overview of Utility Energy Efficiency Support and Financing Programs
    California utilities and state agencies offer a variety of programs to support and finance local government energy efficiency efforts. This page provides a starting point for understanding what programs and resources are available to help.
  • California Department of Water Resources
    DWR provides grant and loan programs, information and data, and technical assistance in support of local efforts to improve efficiency and conservation in water and waste water systems.
  • California Water Resources Control Board
    SWRCB provides grant and loan programs, information and data, and technical assistance in support of local efforts to improve water quality, efficiency and conservation in water and waste water systems.
  • Save Our Water
    The program offers consumer-oriented information and tools for understanding the long-term issues facing the state’s water system and practical tips for reducing water use indoors and outdoors. Save Our Water is a joint effort by the Association of California Water Agencies and the California Department of Water Resources in response to severe water challenges facing the state.
  • Association of California Water Agencies
    ACWA identifies issues of concern to the water community and the public it serves; accumulates and communicates the best available scientific and technical information to the public and policy makers; facilitates consensus building; develops reasonable goals and objectives for water resources management; advocates sound legislation; and fosters cooperation among all interest groups concerned with stewardship of the state’s water resources.
  • The Ahwahnee Water Principles for Resource-Efficient Land Use
    These stewardship principles can help cities and counties reduce costs and improve the reliability and quality of water resources.

The Water & Wastewater Systems section of this Web site has other resources that can help, along with examples from a variety of cities and counties throughout California.

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