Rural Water - Quarter 2, 2013 - (Page 11)

I 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, nrWA PreSIDent 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 energy, too. 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 http://www.nrwa.org

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Rural Water - Quarter 2, 2013

From the President
Drought Contingency and Water Conservation Plans
Electric Bills
The Energy Future of Rural America
A Tiny Drop of and Idea
Water University
Regulatory Update
Throwing My Loop
Index to Advertisers / Advertisers.com
From the CEO

Rural Water - Quarter 2, 2013

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