A company’s water use can have wide-reaching impacts that affect their bottom-line, reputation, future risk, and nearby water users. The AWS Standard is a globally-applicable framework that a site can use to understand their water use, potential water risk, watershed context, and shared concerns in terms of water governance, water balance, water quality, and important water-related areas. It is a voluntary, six-step continual improvement framework that enables water users to commit to understand, plan, implement, evaluate, and communicate water stewardship actions within their site and watershed. The AWS Standard leads sites to engage in meaningful individual and collective actions that benefit people and nature. Through development of a water stewardship plan, a site sets targets and implements responsible practices that mitigate water risks, improve efficiency, and address shared water challenges. Implementation of the AWS Standard may benefit an organization by:
– Mitigating current and future physical (water quantity and quality) or reputational risk
– Identifying opportunities to improve efficiency of operations
– Helping address shared water challenges in the watershed through stakeholder engagement, involvement in watershed-based actions, and strengthening of relationships within the community
– Demonstrating actions as a responsible water steward and increasing awareness of ongoing positive work
– Integrating ongoing water stewardship activities into a logical, cohesive framework
LimnoTech supports companies through the AWS Standard implementation process. We worked with AWS as the standard emerged by pilot testing a beta version at several industrial facilities. We are accredited by AWS to deliver capacity building, support and assessment services. Our involvement with the AWS Standard has grown as implementation of the AWS Standard has expanded globally and across sectors. Here is how we support others:
Accredited training: We provide training sessions for potential implementers of the AWS Standard in large and small group settings. In 2017, we collaborated with AWS-North America and WWF USA on 3-day training sessions in Los Angeles, CA and Atlanta, GA.
Accredited consulting: We help implementing sites navigate and demonstrate conformity with all aspects of the standard, including data gathering, water risk identification, stakeholder outreach, water stewardship plan development, implementation, evaluation, and disclosure. We can start with a gap analysis and then, if desired, guide clients through the path towards certification. Clients are well-prepared for a third-party conformity assessment, which will lead to formal recognition as a water steward.
Certification audit technical support: We provide technical support and expertise for conformity assessment bodies conducting independent certification audits. We are water experts. Our involvement includes pre-audit review and on-site technical expertise and support.