Why Conserve?

Why Conserve?

by C.K. Hickey, Eco Coalition Editor

From low-flow showerheads to solar hot water heating panels, water conservation efforts are more active now than ever before. But surely environmentalists must be overreacting a little bit, right? Doesn’t water always come out from the faucet when I turn it on?

For one, water conservation makes a difference on your energy bill. According to the National Municipal Water and Wastewater Facility Initiative, water and wastewater facilities account for up to 35 percent of municipal energy usage. Any water you can obtain from a faucet is treated and processed until it’s drinkable. Furthermore, any water sent down the drain must be treated by energy draining waste management facilities. Proper water conservation can thus produce savings of 15-30 percent, or as much as 31 billion kWh. Not only will this save you, your business and your community money, but it also means a potential reduction in peak demand. And a lower peak demand for energy equals a lower chance of a brownout or blackout.

But beyond financial reasons, take into consideration the infrastructure of the wastewater treatment plants. Too much water in a sewage treatment system can flush untreated material through before organisms have a chance to break it down. Among other problems, this can cause systems to “blow out,” sending untreated material flowing out onto the ground. Lovely.

And most importantly, our water supply is finite. Of all the water on Earth, only three percent is fresh water. Only one percent is drinkable. Humans can’t live without water, so it’s up to us to make sure ours and well as future generations will have access to it. Do your part to conserve water!

Leave a Reply

Did you know…

Breathing air in highly populated and polluted metropolitan cities can reduce your life expectancy by 2 to 3 years?

70% of toxic waste in U.S. landfills consists of e-waste, items such as hard drives, monitors, servers, etc?

Data centers around the world consume more energy in one year than the entire country of Sweden?

At least 36 states in the U.S. are expected to face water shortages within the next 5 years?

Over 200 million items of e-waste are thrown away every year in the U.S.?