Water – we all depend on it. In times of drought and the age of climate change, it is essential that we are all doing our part to conserve it. Unfortunately, we cannot instantaneously increase the amount of rainfall for a region, but we can take steps to better manage the water that is currently accessible. Whether you’re the consumer or water supplier, there are devices and practices that can be implemented that will collectively help to reduce our water waste on both a daily and long-term basis.
A few tips for the consumer:
1. Be your own leak detector:
Double check all faucets are turned completely off after use. Even a small drip from a faulty faucet can leak out 20 gallons of water a day. Routinely check your toilet for leaks. Place a few drops of food coloring in the back of the toilet. Color that is transferred to the bowl within 30 minutes is indicative of a leak.
Realize when the tap is on and how long the water is running. Make a conscious effort to only use the amount of water needed to get the job done. Try to turn off the faucet after wetting your toothbrush and razor and in-between washing dishes.
3. Water-saving appliances:
Invest in water efficient appliances to save resources over time.
Energy star certified clothes washer– these machines use 30-50% less water and 50% less energy per load
Low-flow fixtures such as showerheads, faucets, and toilets are configured to use less water than standard fixtures during each use.
4. Water for the outdoors:
Avoid watering the lawn when the lawn doesn’t need watering. Typically, 1” of water a week is all a lawn needs to stay healthy. When you do water the lawn, ensure it is set up to spray only on the lawn (not the sidewalk, roof, house, etc.)
These are only a few ways in which you can start to become a water conservationist. Most of them take little time and financial resources, but instead rely heavily on making a conscious effort towards limiting water usage.
Advice for the suppliers:
Implement a risk management and/or continual monitoring system. These options allow the utility to permanently be aware of, in real time, both healthy and problematic areas within the water network. The truth is that over half of all water loss happens underground. Without a proactive system in place, there is no way of knowing you are losing water until it surfaces – and at that point, you have a significant problem. We help utilities implement the correct program to meet their current needs. We meet with utilities and provide comprehensive solutions for wherever they are in their water management plan. Together, we devise the best plan to maximize water conservation and management efforts.