Robert Glennon, author of Unquenchable: America’s Water Crisis and What To Do About It, is the Morris K. Udall Professor of Law and Public Policy in the Rogers College of Law at the University of Arizona. Glennon visited MSU for a distinguished lecture series on water.
If you draw a bath or water the yard, that’s the same as running the A/C. If the toilet continues to run due to a worn flapper, that’s the same as leaving all the lights and TVs on in the house. We need to pay closer attention to these analogies.
A 2012 studyby American Rivers, ECONorthwest, and other groups examined 479 projects around the country. About a quarter of the projects were more expensive, they concluded, and 31 percent cost the same; more than 44 percent brought the costs down, in some cases substantially. New York City, for example, expects to save $1.5 billion over the next 20 years by using green infrastructure.
Today I wanted to give a summary of a report put out by the Pacific Institute titled Hydraulic Fracturing and Water Resources: Separating the Frack from the Fiction. The Pacific Institute, which has been around for 25 years, released the paper which was written by Heather Cooley and Kristina Donnely in June of this year. For this report they conducted extensive interviews with experts from state and federal agencies, academia, industry, environmental groups, and community based organizations from throughout the U.S. If you are not familiar with what fracking is you can read an earlier article I wrote on fracking here: What the Frack?
3 Great Low Cost (self-funded) Water Conservation Campaigns that your Utility can run with today
If your water utility needs to conserve water then you are probably considering your options.
In Urban Australia the three most effective ways to create quick wins for utility companies who faced 7 consecutive years of severe drought and plunging water storages are loosely described below
Pacific Institute: Reports.
The Water–Energy Simulator (WESim) is an easy-to-use analytical tool that can be used to evaluate the energy and greenhouse gas implications of water management decisions. The Excel-based model allows the user to explore a range of possible scenarios, such as increased demand for water resources, the development of alternative water and energy sources, and needed water treatment improvements resulting from emerging contaminants and stricter water-quality guidelines. WESim can be applied by individual water and energy utilities, groups of utilities, and policymakers and decision makers. A WESim User Manual and report, Implications of Future Water Supply Sources for Energy Demands, are provided, as well.