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Q &A uestion nswer: Conservation in the Home BY MARK KEMP-RYE Q: WHY CONSERVE WATER? A. Over the last several years, interest in water conservation has increased, particularly in the western U.S. where drought conditions persist. Many communities now have policies about water usage and some charge more based on increasing consumption. Albuquerque, New Mexico, even went as far as making water waste illegal. There are many reasons for conserving water. Here are three of the most compelling: 1. It’s the right thing to do. Everyone needs water to survive. Simply put, we have an obligation to share this vital resource and not waste it. 2. We have more people, but not more water. The amount of water on Earth remains the same while population soars. We can take steps now or we can be forced into them down the road. 3. It will save money. The less water you use, the less you have to pay, and the more money you’ll have for other things. Not only will you save money, you’ll help your community save money too. “If conservation is practiced widely by homeowners within a community, you have sustained reductions in demand at the water treatment facility and lowered flows at the wastewater treatment facility,” 10 • First Quarter 2009 says John Flowers, water efficiency program director with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). “Then, not only are the consumers reducing their costs, but the town may be able to defer the investment of a new plant.” Q: HOW MUCH WATER DO HOMEOWNERS USE? A. While industry and agriculture use larger percentages of available water, households are still big users and the amount used has increased over time. A century ago, Americans used approximately 10 gallons of water to drink, cook, clean and bathe. Today, an average American uses more than 100 gallons of water and the average household more than 260 gallons. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, a typical family in the U.S. spends approximately $475 each year on water and sewage charges. Q: WHAT ARE THE BIGGEST WATER USERS IN A HOME? A. In most homes, toilets, washing machines and dishwashers use the most water. Newer models, such as low-flow toilets and efficient washers and dishwashers, save water and money. A 1.6-gallon-per-flush toilet, for example, can save thousands of gallons each year and energy Water

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Rural Water - Quarter 1, 2009

Rural Water - Quarter 1, 2009
From the President
Question & Answer: Water Conservation in the Home
Avoiding the Humpty Dumpty Approach to Data Backup
From the CEO
What the Future Holds
Asset Management for Small Communities
Understanding Your Surface Water Source: The Rivers
Hydraulic Models
Expeditionary Water Packaging System Graces Delta
The Rural Water Rally in April
Training in Hawaii
Regulatory Update
Rural Water Releases Report on Water Infrastructure Projects and Economic Stimulus Legislation
Throwing My Loop
Index to Advertisers

Rural Water - Quarter 1, 2009