Water conservation initiatives and aging water infrastructure around the country are changing the way that water is delivered to your constituents. Municipal entities are by and large being forced to update aging infrastructure while working to lower consumer demand for purposes of conservation.
What’s Driving These Changes?
New challenges to water conservation include the excessive withdrawal of groundwater resources in many areas, poor water quality due to runoff and pollution, more stringent regulations on water quality and withdrawals, and more comprehensive environmental regulations.
The growing uncertainty stems how we change the way we use water. Many regions are experiencing a drop in demand due to a rise in water-wise decisions, and water efficient fixtures and appliances. Moreover, changing weather patterns and unstable economic conditions are adding to the uncertainty.
These drivers are forcing some cities to adapt, and their citizens are playing a big part in shaping new policies and projects.
The Importance of Community Objectives
Community objectives need to be considered when evaluating changes to water distribution and conservation structures. Every attempt should be made to garner a public consensus around the right criteria for judging alternative techniques. This way, the tradeoffs for each option are transparent for all parties.
Measureable outcomes such as resource efficiency are important, but so are more intangible outcomes like consumer comprehension, acceptability to decision makers, and the effect that conservation will have on the community at large. These are particularly important for municipalities that are dealing with a great deal of uncertainty; the stronger the consensus is, the clearer the path forward will be.
It All Comes Down to Communication
An informed community can contribute greatly to the success of water resource management initiatives. Getting the community involved from the outset can help you arrive at the most desirable outcome and, additionally, can help preempt many sources of public discontent.
The City of South Gate in California recently released a drought plan as part of their Water Conservation Program. Included in this plan are conservation kits containing a few of AM Conservation Group’s high-efficiency water products. The goal of these kits is to promote a new lifestyle for South Gate citizens where they are conscious about the amount of water they use and how to continue to conserve this resource.
Want to Learn More?
Municipalities and energy utilities are dealing with an increasingly complex world, made more challenging by the mutual dependency of water and energy resources. We explore this dependency further in our latest eBook, The Water-Energy Nexus. In this free eBook, you’ll learn about the current state of water levels and energy issues in the US, and what can be done to reduce future risks.