Tag: water conservation programs

Water conservation programs involved in social solutions are typically initiated at the local level, by either municipal water utilities or regional governments. Common strategies include public outreach campaigns, tiered water rates (charging progressively higher prices as water use increases), or restrictions on outdoor water use such as lawn watering and car washing. Cities in dry climates often require or encourage the installation of xeriscaping or natural landscaping in new homes to reduce outdoor water usage.

A Makeover—40 Years in the Making

A Makeover—40 Years in the Making

In last week’s blog for Stormwater magazine, I cited an article on how Arizona is dealing with invasive plant species. This week, the same source, the Arizona Municipal Water Users Association, traces the history of landscaping in Phoenix and how the thinking about native plants in that city has evolved—drastically—over

Greening the Urban Water Supply

Greening the Urban Water Supply

According to the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), cities and suburbs are among the largest sources of water pollution in many parts of the US. As Lawrence Levine wrote in his NRDC Issue Brief, “Waste Less, Pollute Less: Using Urban Water Conservation to Advance Clean Water Act Compliance,” these cities

Commercial Demand Management

A 14-year drought in the Southwest has put immeasurable stress on the Colorado River Basin and its capability to deliver water to the 40 million people living in the seven states that receive the water. This population is expected to double by 2060, according to the US Bureau of Reclamation

A Drop in the Bucket

Most people turn on the tap at home, expecting an endless supply of clean water. They also expect the bill for that water to be minimal. After all, water falls free from the sky–shouldn’t it be cheap and abundant? As a familiar adage rationalizes, the water is free; you just

Thinking Long-Term

Thinking Long-Term

Water conservation, as the industry has known it, has typically focused on short-term programs to cut water usage in the face of drought. Low-flow fixtures and other residential innovations (such as dual-flush toilets) have done their job, conserving 4,883,734,221 gallons in the US alone. But, as evidence of climate change

Slow the Flow of H2O

“If there is magic on this planet, it is contained in water.” –Loran Eisley Introduction Prior to reservoirs and the extraction of groundwater, the availability of fresh water greatly influenced the movement of human populations within ancient Utah. Located within the geographical boundaries of the Great Basin, Utah’s early indigenous

The “Smart” Water Grid

According to IBM, one in eight people worldwide lack access to safe water supplies. By now, everyone is familiar with the phrase “smart grid”, but its typical association is with electricity. And while the emerging phrase “smart water grid” may be another way to describe water efficiency protocols that have

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