While watching my son brush his teeth this morning,
I could not help but think about the amount of water that must be wasted just in
my small California coastal town as a result of this simple task that all of us
(I hope) do everyday. Quickly referencing our publication Water Efficiency, I discovered
that for every minute we leave the water running during this morning ritual, 5
gallons of water pours down the drain. Simple as that. This needs to change.
Water conservation is a key
subject in today’s society regardless of what industry you are in. That being
said, there are many critical issues that need to be addressed as we
move into 2009 with a new administration that will hopefully begin to look
seriously at water efficiency and conservation measures on a national scale.
As I was reviewing the Water Efficiency
Security Act of 2008, I came away with some very viable points pertaining
to California's need to make every effort to conserve water. California requires
a reliable water supply to sustain our economic growth and increasing
population. While many areas of the state are noticing the water supply also
being threatened by climate change, our water resources such as the Colorado
River, and the Bay Delta Estuary need attention and clearly defined measures to
remain viable sources of water for many communities throughout the state.
As California moves into the
future, our population will nearly double to 60 million by the year 2050. We
cannot afford to leave less fortunate communites with limited water resources
behind. These communities have many critical issues such as failing water
systems that lose water through leakage and infrastructure neglect. The
California Water Efficiency & Security Act of 2008 will help to ensure that
the state will meet the supply and demand of both current and future residents
of the golden state.
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