(PRWEB) March 22, 2013
The Alliance for Water Stewardship (AWS) announces the release of the Beta AWS Standard, the world’s first international water stewardship standard, for application and public comment. The Standard is already being applied in Brazil’s Taquarussu watershed by the Tocantins state water utility Foz | Saneatins, which is part of the leading Brazilian sanitation company Odebrecht Ambiental. The Taquarussu watershed is important to biodiversity, eco-tourism and provides water for the 235,000 residents of Palmas.
Implementing the Beta AWS Standard is in line with the company’s corporate philosophy on sustainability. Foz | Saneatins’ vision is to make Tocantins the first state in the country to have water and sewer services universalized, providing sustainable development and a better quality of life for the entire population.
“Being amongst the first companies in the world to apply the Beta AWS Standard, is very important to Foz | Saneatins since it gives us the opportunity to identify those opportunities for improvement in our water stewardship while helping shape this international and innovative tool to inspire innovative water management,” said Wagner Ferreira, Sustainability Manager, Foz | Saneatins.
The Standard is designed to give companies and utilities a roadmap to follow towards sustainable water use, including engagement with stakeholders and others within their watershed. With the first in Brazil, the Beta AWS Standard will be applied in a diverse range of settings around the world. So far, 12 companies, utilities, and communities in 6 countries (Brazil, Canada, China, India, South Africa, and the USA) have confirmed that they will implement the Beta AWS Standard. The lessons from these projects, together with stakeholder comments, will inform the final version of the Standard, expected in the first half of 2014.
“The launch of the Beta AWS Standard represents a major milestone in our collective journey towards improved stewardship of our most important natural resource. We are excited to work with different sectors and communities throughout the world as they use the Standard, to mitigate water risk, and generate benefits for business, communities and nature,” said Adrian Sym, Executive Director, AWS.
The Standard is the result of input from more than 400 stakeholders in 26 countries, numerous stakeholder meetings around the world, and the dedicated work of the multi-stakeholder International Standard Development Committee (ISDC) to synthesize this information into a fully implementable Standard.
AWS invites interested companies and utilities to apply the Beta Standard in their region and submit feedback through the AWS website http://www.allianceforwaterstewardship.org/what-we-do.html#water-stewardship-standard. This second round of public comment will be open through December 31, 2013.
About the Alliance for Water Stewardship
The Alliance for Water Stewardship was formed in 2009 with the aim of collectively addressing some of the most serious impacts of water use worldwide. AWS believes that collective action–the involvement of all those with an interest in how water resources are managed–is the only way we can fully address the complex nature of the water challenges the world is facing. At the heart of AWS is the development of and International Standard and verification system. Regional engagement processes are critical to the success of both the Standard and the wider stewardship program. For more information, visit http://www.allianceforwaterstewardship.org.
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