October 02, 2017

Model Ordinance Now Available to Promote Water Neutral Growth

Net Blue (http://www.allianceforwaterefficiency.org/net-blue-landing-page.aspx) is a collaborative initiative of the Alliance for Water Efficiency, the Environmental Law Institute, and River Network to support sustainable community growth. The project team members developed a model ordinance that communities can tailor and customize to create a water demand offset approach meeting local needs. The project team consulted with communities in different regions throughout the United States to help develop the model ordinance and the offset components, and to ensure that the program would be adaptable to many different political climates, legal frameworks, and environmental challenges.

This ordinance and the accompanying offset calculator can help manage scarce water resources and provide sustainability. Users will want to start with this interactive link to the ordinance that allows them to put in specific details about their community. A general fact sheet and FAQ can be found at http://www.allianceforwaterefficiency.org/net-blue-outreach.aspx, as well as a recording of a webinar (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fGr3Q9-eHUcby) from the Alliance for Water Efficiency that walks through the background and available tools.