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Water conservation and use practices in dry regions. Water conservation plans and practical usage including recreation!

Location: Soutwestern USA and Dry Areas
Members: 30
Latest Activity: May 5

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Comment by Dennis Boyer on September 8, 2012 at 10:36am

Thought I'd drop in on the conversation. A colleague and I are planning a citizen discussion project on "fresh water resources". It will probably involve 3-4 regional discussion panels and an online international panel. If you would like to get a feel for our process and past work we can be found at :

www.interactivityfoundation.org

http://www.interactivityfoundation.org

Comment by Leonard Phillips on September 30, 2011 at 11:10am
So, water colleagues, has anyone thought about the asymptotic resistance of cost vs. health benefits of water treatment? Would love to get some third-party input for our water district.
Comment by Leonard Phillips on September 27, 2011 at 11:37am
Here in the Northeast, conservation is a double-edged sword. The problem is that less usage generates less revenue. Consider that fact in light of the dramatically rising capital costs to build water treatment facilities to meet unfunded mandates from federal and state agencies and the concomitant O&M to keep them operating (the facilities, not the agencies!). So, the classical market forces actually exacerbate the situation. It's a vexing paradox that we have confronted for years in Acton, Mass. in terms of encouraging water conservation through low-volume flush toilets, low-flow shower heads, and drought-tolerant landscaping. By achieving success in conservation, less product flows through meters and less revenue is generated. Yet for the greater good seen in the context of ensuring ample supply for fire-fighting during high-use spring and summer months and also from the perspective of long-term aquifer management (all of our wells tap shallow aquifers), we Commissioners and our District Manager have encouraged conservation. New requirements for water treatment are adding orders of magnitude (literally) of impact on our budget. We have recently build one $6.5M treatment plant and are planning another that is pencilling out at over $8M so far. However, total annual revenues amount to roughly half to 2/3 of the cost of ONE treatment plant. We are confronting an escalation in costs that is simply unprecedented in magnitude and will have major effect on water rates. I wonder how much of this problem of escalating treatment costs we are sharing with other water districts around the nation?
Comment by Tricia on October 22, 2010 at 1:50pm
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR opening!

Do you have a background in Government Finance and want to work in the Environmental Field? I have an exciting opportunity for someone to work for the State of Arizona at our sister agency which finances the construction, rehabilitation and/or improvement of drinking water, wastewater, wastewater reclamation, as well as other water quality facilities/projects.

Here's the details:

Water Infrastructure Finance Authority of Arizona -WIFA
Executive Director

The State of Arizona is seeking an Executive Director who is a highly skilled administrator with government experience, an outstanding financial background, and proven leadership skills. The Director will be responsible for the administration of $1.5 billion in outstanding loans, $900 million of revenue bond debt, actively participate in the development of future loans and bonding issues. The Director will work closely with financial advisors, bond attorneys, federal/state, tribal, and local government officials. Please apply on-line at www.azstatejobs.gov with a COVER LETTER and RESUME.
Comment by Perry Luksin on August 24, 2010 at 3:02pm
GovEnergy is now accepting applications for the 2011 Planning Committee and collecting suggestions for topics and speakers for next year. Details are posted on the GovEnergy home page (under "Call for Topics" and "Call for Planning Commitee"). Visit www.govenergy.gov for more info.
Comment by Cassie on April 20, 2010 at 2:14pm
My boyfriend informed me of those urinals before. The sealant or gel seals in odor, and you just refill every so often. I don't think there is too much of a difference in price but even if they were a little more then a regular flush urinal i think all the savings you get from not using water will make it worth your while. Also I hear its better hygiene b/c there is less moisture. found this website: www.waterless.com
Comment by Perry Luksin on April 11, 2010 at 2:09pm
For anyone who's interested, GovEnergy (August 15-18/Dallas Convention Center)will be featuring 9 sessions focusing on federal water requirements. Sessions will cover water usage assessments, evaluating design concepts, water efficiency strategies and more. Visit the website for more info. http://www.govenergy.com/track_water.html
Comment by SteveWonder on April 11, 2010 at 1:00pm
Looking for anyone with recent copy (up to five years old), "Waste News Market Handbook" by Crain Communications.
Need data from it.
Gladly willing to compensate any faxes sent.
Thank you.
Comment by Emile Monette on July 16, 2009 at 6:42am
Hi All: please do check out my product's website www.nomoregeysers.com, it is a water conservation device for landscape sprinkler systems.
A quick story about the waterless urinals - the plumbers union was blocking implementation of the urinals as a state-wide standard in CA because they said it took away plumber's jobs. Finally, they got behind the idea when they brokered a deal where water lines would be plumbed to each waterless urinal anyway - so the plumbers still got the work they would have if it was a regular urinal. Next time you see a waterless urinal, notice the capped off water line nearby.
Comment by Bonnie Allison on July 2, 2009 at 10:21am
Following up on the waterless urinals - they are at the Visitor Center for Earthquake Lake on the Gallatin National Forest. A sign in the restroom claims that each one saves 40,000 gallons of water per year.
 

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