LimnoTech is the first organization in North America to attain Interim Accreditation status as a consultancy and training service provider for the Alliance for Water Stewardship (AWS) International Water Stewardship Standard (AWS Standard). In this capacity, LimnoTech provides support to companies seeking to mitigate their water risks, address shared water challenges, and ensure that responsible water stewardship actions are implemented and recognized. We are also accredited to provide training on the AWS Standard for companies, trade organizations, and other interested parties.
LimnoTech has a long history of involvement in the development of the AWS Standard over the past decade. While serving as President of the Water Environment Federation (WEF), a Founding Partner of AWS, LimnoTech’s CEO Paul Freedman was directly involved in launching AWS as an organization and setting their strategic course. Our staff participated in global roundtables and contributed input to AWS throughout the development process. In 2012-2014 we pilot-tested the beta version of the AWS Standard on five industrial facilities in the Great Lakes Basin, in collaboration with the Council of Great Lakes Industries (CGLI). The outcomes of that study were documented in a detailed report, which provided the basis for comments to AWS that helped advance the ongoing development of the Standard.
The AWS Standard is described by AWS as “an international, ISEAL-compliant standard that defines a set of water stewardship criteria and indicators for how water should be stewarded at a site and catchment level in a way that is environmentally, socially, and economically beneficial. The Standard provides water stewards with a six-step continual improvement framework that enables sites to commit to, understand, plan, implement, evaluate and communicate water stewardship actions.
"The AWS Standard can be implemented by any site, in any sector, in any catchment around the world. Furthermore, the Standard can be harnessed by others interested in mitigating corporate risks, such as water-related supply chain risks or investors, as well as public sector agencies as a framework to evaluate water stewardship practices.”For more information, please contact Laura Weintraub, P.E., Senior Project Engineer, (US) 734-332-1200.