Rural Water - Quarter 4, 2008 - (Page 14)

Rural Water: WHERE ARE WE HEADED? thereof, will influence the future of rural water systems. BY CHRIS WILSON, NRWA WATER SPLASHES FROM cracked pipes, neglected treatment plants crumble while lawyers and legislators battle for the rights of the few untapped water sources. Is this the future of rural water, or will the political and technological advances allow systems to provide better, higher-quality service? As rural water moves toward the future, there are three areas where development and implementation, or lack Rising oil prices and environmental concerns have fueled public concerns of energy efficiency. Energy issues are also a growing concern for water utilities, not just because of the environmental impact, but because of the potential cost savings. “After energy, personnel is one of the largest costs a system will have,” said Fred Sheldon, president the National Rural Water Association and public works director of Omak, Wash. A panel of water technology companies assembled by estimated that 70 percent of a water utility’s cost is in water distribution. The Environmental Protection Agency estimates that water utilities consume 3 percent of the country’s generated electricity every year. “If you think about it, the utility is basically the opposite of a hydroelectric dam,” Sheldon said. He explained that hydroelectric power used the energy of moving, elevated water to generate huge amounts of electricity. A water system, however, has to expend tremendous energy to pump water from wells or surface water sources into their tanks and water towers. Utilities also operate treatment and monitoring systems that often run around-the-clock, adding to their energy consumption. 14 • Fourth Quarter 2008

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Rural Water - Quarter 4, 2008

Rural Water - Quarter 4, 2008
From the President
Rural Water: Where are We Headed?
The Future of Water in America
Bank Collateral Controls in Nervous Times
Bottle of Water or Billion Dollar Bully?
Aqua Chocolate No Mas
Why Even Small Water Systems Should Have Personnel Policy Manuals
Safe Drinking Water
Regulatory Update
2008 NRWA Industry Event
Throwing My Loop
Index to Advertisers
From the CEO

Rural Water - Quarter 4, 2008