Best Practice Actions [See action tools, guidance, city reports]
Optional for category A, B and C cities
All Category C cities that provide drinking water services and choose to implement this best practice are recognized upon completion of at least actions 1 and 2, or action 4.
Category A and B cities that choose to implement this best practice are recognized upon completion of actions 1 and 2 and at least one additional action.
Conserving water in and reducing wastewater flows from homes and businesses effectively adds capacity to city infrastructure. Cities can promote such actions, which are found in several best practices, including Existing Buildings and Green Business Development. Actions in this best practice include using pricing signals and making water and wastewater infrastructure more energy and materials efficient so as to achieve significant environmental and economic benefits to a city. Benefits include reducing carbon emissions from water and wastewater systems, which can easily make up one quarter or more of the city operations' carbon footprint.
connection to state Policy