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Conserve to Enhance

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5888268 km2
Countries
Brazil; Peru; Suriname; France; Colombia; Guyana; Bolivia; Venezuela; Ecuador
Cities
Santa Cruz; Manaus; La Paz
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Partners: Water Resources Research Center
Countries: United States of America
Regions: Colorado River
Project SDGs:
Includes Sustainable Development Goals from the project and its locations.
Water Use Efficiency (SDG 6.4)
Services Needed: No services needed/offered
Project Type: Collective Action
Language: English
Start & End Dates: Jan. 2011  »  Ongoing
Project Website: wrrc.arizona.edu/conserve2enhance.html
Project Source: User
Profile Completion: 64%

Project Overview

Conserve to Enhance’s innovative approach provides a direct connection between voluntary water conservation actions by water users and local environmental projects. Development of a C2E program can be driven by a water utility, a local environmental organization, or both. Once C2E is established in your community, participating water customers can: 1. Conserve water at their home or business by changing behaviors and/or installing new water-conserving technologies. ...

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Conserve to Enhance’s innovative approach provides a direct connection between voluntary water conservation actions by water users and local environmental projects. Development of a C2E program can be driven by a water utility, a local environmental organization, or both. Once C2E is established in your community, participating water customers can: 1. Conserve water at their home or business by changing behaviors and/or installing new water-conserving technologies. 2. Track water savings compared to their past water use through their water bills. 3. Donate the money saved on their water bill as a result of water conservation to a C2E fund. 4. Then, the C2E fund provides money to community-selected environmental enhancement projects, ranging from securing instream flows, to restoring riparian areas, to building green infrastructure projects like curb cuts and basins.

Project Results

A C2E Program provides a platform for engaging water customers in a deeper conversation about water resources and choices in conservation, while benefiting the community and the environment alike. The environment benefits as water is conserved – more water stays in the ground or in streams to begin with - and also as projects are identified to directly benefit a community’s natural habitats and water resources. Better natural places means people have better choices for o...

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A C2E Program provides a platform for engaging water customers in a deeper conversation about water resources and choices in conservation, while benefiting the community and the environment alike. The environment benefits as water is conserved – more water stays in the ground or in streams to begin with - and also as projects are identified to directly benefit a community’s natural habitats and water resources. Better natural places means people have better choices for outdoor recreation and leisure, as well as healthier neighborhoods. Developing a program like C2E that ties into existing water conservation priorities promotes the utility as a leader of community-wide stewardship toward water resources. C2E really is a win-win for communities and the environment.

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The University of Arizona Water Resources Research Center (WRRC) promotes understanding of critical state and regional water management and policy issues through research, community outreach and public education. Learn More

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