The Case for Water Efficiency
Over the past decade, energy efficiency has seen a huge uptick in investments due to a combination of factors including increasing energy prices, rising eco-consciousness and a wide range of state, local and federal incentives for reducing energy usage. Energy efficiency is no longer considered to be for only the most forward-thinking consumers; it is expected. Now that energy efficiency is a wide-spread practice, we should apply that same eco-conscious attitude to adopting water efficiency as a widespread and expected practice.
Why water efficiency? Although, the cost of water in the United States is very low compared to other countries, water shortages are affecting 40 of the 50 states (something that would have been outrageous to believe 30 years ago). Widespread adoption of water efficiency strategies make sense for both environmental and financial reasons. Environmentally, it is important to conserve water because it is the only finite natural resource that every living thing on the planet needs to survive. As our population grows, this already scarce resource will become scarcer and much more expensive. Utilities generally price water based on the delivery cost of water without taking into account the value of water itself. We need to start saving water now before the true cost of water begins appearing on our water bills. Simple water-saving strategies save thousands of gallons of water each year, translating to cost savings for businesses, local economies and families alike.
Source: Government Accountability Office: http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-14-430
If we can commit to making water efficiency a priority, it can become just as common to conserve water as it is to recycle a glass bottle or to turn out the lights when you leave the room. Click here to read what simple steps you can take to start saving water and money today.