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Update on the Outdoor Water Use Research Initiative of the Alliance for Water Efficiency

AWE's comprehensive Outdoor Water Savings Research Program is developing actionable information and data on the savings potential and actual water savings from a variety of outdoor efficiency measures. This presentation will review the Phase 1 findings on the availability of existing research and will outline the two Phase 2 research studies currently underway.  One is on the landscape transformation and the water savings that can be achieved. The second in on drought response and the impact of varying utility implemented program measures.

Peter Mayer, P.E. Principal at WaterDM, is senior technical adviser to AWE and project manager for the outdoor water savings program.

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