The Environmental Protection Agency ( and its water and wastewater partners published a new guidance document, titled Ensuring a Sustainable Future: An Energy Management Guidebook for Wastewater and Water Utilities. The publication is designed to help utilities systematically assess their current energy costs and practices, set measurable performance improvement goals, and monitor and measure their progress over time.

The guidance follows the Plan-Do-Check-Act methodology embodied in environmental management systems and other utility management tools. It was developed with the help of utilities that are successfully confronting their own energy challenges. It offers step-by-step instructions to help utilities systematically manage their energy programs over time.

To download an electronic copy of the handbook, visit