Stay tuned for the next book by Amy Vickers, due to be published in 2018. Yes, the book’s topic is water conservation; it will be the first in a series of new books planned that will provide a comprehensive update and expansion of her first book, Handbook of Water Use and Conservation.
Learn more and download the presentation by Amy Vickers at WaterSmart Innovations.
Learn more and download the presentation by Jonathan Kleinman, Mark Rehley, and Amy Vickers at WaterSmart Innovations.
Far beyond experimental but not widely reported, weather modification today is anchored not only in science but is an ever-growing practice, both here in the United States and a number of countries worldwide. From agricultural operations and ski resorts to water suppliers, the increasing application of weather modification tools to generate rain and other forms of precipitation has multiple environmental, economic, and policy implications. Amy’s presentation at the 2015 WaterSmart conference provided an overview of the history and science of weather modification, the scope of “rainmaking” today, and its future implications for water supplies and demand, among other issues. Learn more and download the presentation at WaterSmart Innovations.
The Rockland County (NY) Task Force on Water Resources Management has released a report on the water supply status of Rockland County by Amy Vickers & Associates, Inc. The report includes a preliminary estimate of a potential 4 to 7 million gallons per day (mgd) in future demand reductions from fixing leaking pipes, conservation, and green infrastructure. The report by Amy Vickers is based on a study she conducted at the request of the Task Force following a November 2014 order by the New York State Public Service Commission.
The coveted Water Star Award was presented to Amy Vickers by the Alliance for Water Efficiency at the October 2014 Water Smart Innovations Conference in Las Vegas. The annual award recognizes individual excellence in water efficiency. Vickers was honored for over 25 years of achievements in the water efficiency field, including for her role as having written and spearheaded the inclusion of the nation’s first water efficiency standards for plumbing fixtures in the 1992 U.S. Energy Policy Act, which has saved trillions of gallons of water in the United States over the past twenty years. “Amy has been an unfailing champion for water conservation, wise and efficient water use,” said Mary Ann Dickinson, President and CEO of the Alliance for Water Efficiency upon presentation of the award. “Her research, analysis, advocacy and leadership has advanced the field of water conservation and educated thousands of water conservation professionals.”
Water analytics are increasingly an important component of water use and demand forecasting projects, particularly for water utilities and large companies and organizations. Want to learn more about water analytics to help understand customer and facility water use? Check out AWWA’s new guidance document, “A Guide to Customer Water-User Indicators for Conservation and Financial Planning” by Amy Vickers, Mary Wyatt Tiger, and Shadi Eskaf (Oct. 2013). It is free for AWWA members. Contact us if you would like more information about the Guide and other studies that Amy has done on this topic.
“Deerfield Academy’s Million Gallon Challenge,” presented at AWWA’s annual conference in Boston in June 2014, describes a two-phase water use efficiency evaluation completed by AVA in 2013 that is now delivering the school some impressive water demand reductions. Here are a few slides from the presentation. Contact us if you would like a pdf of the entire presentation. Continue reading