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Water Stewardship Label in the Works

05/15/09

By Andrea Ward
This article originally appeared on BuildingGreen.com

Six high-profile environmental advocacy groups have joined forces to create a water certification label intended to change the way water is managed and valued worldwide. The “Water Stewardship” label, announced in March 2009 at the 5th annual World Water Forum in Istanbul, Turkey, will assure consumers that the water used to manufacture products carrying the label has been obtained from sources that are managed sustainably. Leaders of the initiative, called the Alliance for Water Stewardship, say that the water label will be modeled on the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) program for certifying wood and wood products.

Participating organizations, which include the World Wildlife Fund and The Nature Conservancy, will develop a set of standards for the label over the next several months. The Alliance for Water Stewardship estimates that the label will be available in 18–24 months. For information visit www.allianceforwaterstewardship.org.

Copyright 2009 by BuildingGreen, LLC

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