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The Silent Currency
the dual challenges of drought and groundwater
depletion are now afecting more than just this
nation's health and well-being; water shortages also
infuence our food chain and economic growth. "This
summer there was a 4 to 6 percent increase in beef
and chicken prices because of an increase in the cost
of feed," says Adam Freed, director of the Nature
Conservancy's Global Securing Water Program.
"Water has a direct impact on everyone's lives. It's the
silent currency that runs through our economy."
About 90 percent of water consumption is in
agriculture, which feeds both the rural population and
metropolitan areas. Freed urges a holistic approach
to bridge artifcial divides between the groups. "It's
easy to point a fnger," he says. "But two-thirds of all
agricultural products feed the cities, so city-dwellers
are as much a part of the problem. Everyone needs to
have a hand in this issue."
Consciousness-raising is part of the solution.
"First, you need to recognize and value your water
source," says Freed. "Then you need to protect it and
keep it clean." -J. Michael Welton
$ = value, $$ = mid-range, $$$ = high-end
veil wall-hung toilet
performance: A WaterSense toilet,
Veil meets strict EPA fushing guidelines.
price range: $$$
applications: Bath projects where
dual-fush technology is desired or needed.
Dual-fush toilets can save as much as 6,000
gallons of water annually over a traditional
performance: The Waterbroom cleans
while using far less water. Its patented Venturi
efect enables surfaces to dry in minutes,
virtually eliminating runof. Safe on pavers,
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price range: $$
applications: Suitable for a variety of
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odin x single handle faucet
SmartTouchPlus technology, a proximity
sensor for hands-free operation. WaterSense
certifcation ensures the faucet meets EPA
efciency specifcations. Its fow rate is 1.5
gallons per minute.
price range: $$-$$$
applications: General bath/lavatory
ivy rain barrel
manufacturer: Rain Water
performance: Made from 50 percent
recycled plastic, the Ivy Rain Barrel collects
and reuses rainwater for irrigation and other
uses. It has a capacity of 50 gallons and a
screen trap to keep pests out.
price range: $$$
applications: Captured rainwater can
be used for irrigation needs as well as for
nonpotable uses such as washing cars and
= eco-friendly attributes
photo credit: a. horchner / design workshop
small gestures At the entrance to a home in Woody Creek, Colorado, Design Workshop created a recirculating fountain to
emphasize how precious water is in the arid, desert-like climate.
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Snap - November/December 2013
Snap - November/december 2013
Dekton on Deck
Case Study: Hospitality
Daylight & Sun Control
Glass & Glazing
Product Focus: Glass & Glazing
Green Product Roundup
Made in the USA
Making Sense of the New Leed
Live & Learn: Ceu Courses
The Sweets Spot
Dates & Events
Trade Show News
Partners in Design
Snap - November/December 2013