Rural Water - Quarter 2, 2013 - (Page 11)
From the President
Taking on the Challenge
in this issuE of Rural Water magazine, we focus on the Water/
Energy Nexus…the close connection, or nexus, between energy
and water. As system managers and operations specialists, we
all know the power bill is a major part of our budgets. It takes
a lot of water to produce the energy we use to provide water
to our customers, to pump, treat, store and distribute our water
to the home and then collect, treat and discharge the resulting
wastewaters. Also, huge quantities of water are used during the
extraction, refining and production of all types of fuels, including
oil and ethanol.
BY Doug AnDerton,
Water availability and drought conditions impact the cost of power production,
thus the cost to the utility. Power plants in the U.S. use billion gallons of fresh water
every day, more than the amount used for irrigation and three times as
much as is used for public water supplies.
We know that water is essential to our country’s ability to
Water availability and drought conditions
grow food and produce electricity. Even agriculture relies on a
impact the cost of power production, thus
plentiful supply of water for irrigation and for fertilizer-intensive
crops and the machinery used to raise them. In the past few years,
the cost to the utility. Power plants in the
many parts of the country have experienced extreme drought condiU.S. use billion gallons of fresh water every
tions that threaten the balance of water available for everyone.
We need to all apply better water and energy policies. Good planning
day, more than the amount used for irrigaand management must encourage conservation, stimulate innovation
tion and three times as much as is used for
and ensure sustainable use of water and energy. Our customers, businesses and households also have an important role to play. By reducing
public water supplies.
the amount of water they consume, they conserve not just water but
I take great pride in the fraternity that is the Rural Water family. I’ve
seen, firsthand, how our member state associations and our member utilities have
taken on the challenge of working to continue providing clean, safe, quality and
AFFORDABLE water to their millions of customers! Remember, the cheapest kilowatt
hour for the utility is the one not used.
Keep up the good work!
Second Quarter 2013 • 11
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Rural Water - Quarter 2, 2013
From the President
Drought Contingency and Water Conservation Plans
The Energy Future of Rural America
A Tiny Drop of and Idea
Throwing My Loop
Index to Advertisers / Advertisers.com
From the CEO
Rural Water - Quarter 2, 2013