Rural Water - Quarter 1, 2012 - (Page 38)

Y From the CEO on too long.” 38 • First Quarter 2012 Change, change, change… “YOU COULD NOT step twice into the same river; for other waters are ever flowing on to you” (by Heraclitus quoted by Plato in Cratylus). Jim Dunlap, a NRWA past president, has quoted this to me on numerous occasions. Yes, things around us are always changing. As I grow older, I appreciate Ogden Nash saying, “Progress may have been alright once, but it has gone BY ROB JOHNSON, NRWA CEO As you watch the Colorado River water users, you see extremely serious conservation and reuse efforts that should serve as a model for our future. In a white paper on www.nrwa.org, one study shows the indoor residential use averaged 63.2 gallons per capita per day (GPCD). Of that, toilet flushing use was consistent and predictable across the sample, averaging 16.7 GPCD, while consumers-only estimation for total water was 1.241 liters per person per day. While drinking and food preparation consumes only 1.241 liters per person per day, water systems spend significant sums to provide extremely high quality water that is primarily used somewhere other than to be consumed in our bodies. One day, we will change this system. Attending this meeting provides a glimpse into the future. Currently, water allocation is an issue in three southeastern states, and my home state of Oklahoma is being sued by the state of Texas on a water issue. Perhaps Jim Dunlap and Heraclitus are right, change is always occurring. It doesn’t mean that I have to like it but I must change with it. Water for the future will not be like it is today. Change, change, change… Early in December, I had the privilege of speaking at the Colorado River Water Users Association for the second time. According to the CRWUA website, the CRWUA is “a non-profit, non-partisan organization formed to plan, study, formulate and advise on ways to protect and safeguard the interests of all who use the Colorado River. The Colorado River is one of the most precious water sources in the West. Traveling 1,400 miles from high in the Rockies to the Gulf of California, the river system passes through Wyoming, Colorado, Utah, New Mexico, Nevada, California, Arizona and Mexico.” This grand river provides drinking water for 25-30 million Americans every day. Approximately eight percent of our nation get its water from this source. According to the 2010 Census, the growth rate in the U.S. was 9.8 percent, but the rate in the west was 13.8 percent. Sixty percent of this growth was from natural growth and 40 percent was from immigration. Three of the fastest growing states are served by the Colorado River. As you watch the Colorado River In 1922, representatives of these states met in Santa Fe, New Mexico to allocate the Colorado Water Users, you see extremely River’s water. Using data available to us today, serious conservation and reuse we can see that 1922 was a very wet year — so the water was over-allocated. In other words, the efforts that should serve as a model river does not produce enough water to meet the for our future. amounts set by that compact. But in that year, the allocations seemed appropriate and fair. Unfortunately for the upper basin users, it limits their growth and economic development and for the lower basin, water may not be available when needed. http://www.nrwa.org http://www.nrwa.org

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Rural Water - Quarter 1, 2012

FROM THE PRESIDENT
FIVE TRENDS SHAPING THE FUTURE OF HUMAN RESOURCES
BEING JULIA CHILD: MAKING THE MOST OF THE OPPORTUNITIES IN RURAL WATER
FROM DITCH TO DESK: THE PATH OF SUCCESS FOR A PROFESSIONAL IN OUR INDUSTRY
WATER UNIVERSITY GRADUATES
PRIVATE SECTOR ON-THE-JOB TRAINING
TAMING THE RIVER
REGULATORY UPDATE
THROWING MY LOOP
INDEX TO ADVERTISERS/ ADVERTISERS.COM
FROM THE CEO

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