EPA_WaterSense_101210p

EPA_WaterSense_101210p - Every drop counts Howard...

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1 Every drop counts. Howard Sustainability Action Learning Program Stephanie Tanner, CEM Lead Engineer WaterSense ® October 12, 2010
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2 Presentation Outline The importance of using water wisely What can facilities do? Top 10 Savings Ideas Case Study: EPA’s Athens Georgia Laboratory US EPA’s WaterSense program What can you do? Tips Common Myths What’s Your Water footprint?
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3 Importance of Using Water Wisely: A Thirsty Nation Between 1950 and 2000, U.S. population doubled while the demand on public supply systems more than tripled. At least 36 states are anticipating water shortages by 2013. To save water for future generations, we need to use water more efficiently.
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4 Importance of Using Water Wisely: Continuing Drought Recent drought in the Southeast, and elsewhere in the country, underscores the importance of examining how we use our water supplies
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5 Importance of Using Water Wisely: Strained Resources Updating infrastructure could cost nearly $500 billion: Wastewater utilities will likely need to invest $202.5 billion over the next 20 years. Drinking water utilities will also need $276.8 billion by 2023 Water efficiency could help delay these costly projects and save energy associated with pumping and treating water
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6 Importance of Using Water Wisely: Climate Change Potential regional impacts on water resources: Changing precipitation patterns and distribution Shrinking snowpacks, glaciers, reservoirs Increasing stormwater runoff, water quality hazards Rising sea levels, saltwater intrusion Potential consequences could include: Decreasing freshwater supplies Increasing demands (e.g., landscape irrigation) Increasing stress on wastewater and stormwater infrastructure
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7 How Are We Using Publically Supplied Water In the US? Commercial 16% Domestic 54% Livestock 1% Mining 1% Irrigation 1% Public Use and Losses 14% Industrial 12% Thermoelectric 1%
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8 How Are Our Businesses Using Publically Supplied Water? Health Care 8% Utilities and Infrastructure 26% Education 7% Sales 6% Hospitality 16% Warehousing 13% Offices 10% Irrigation 7% Miscellaneous Commercial 7%
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9 What Can Facilities Do? 1. Understand their water use 2. Incorporate water conservation and efficiency into the overall sustainability plan (make it a priority!) 3. Implement water efficiency best management practices 4. Purchase or specify the purchase of WaterSense labeled products, where applicable
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10 Understanding Facility Water Use It is important to understand how water is used in facilities in order to: Provide a baseline for improvements Identify and fix areas of water waste Respond to emergency conditions such as drought Tools for understanding facility water use include: Water audits Water management planning Best management practices Setting goals and targets and monitoring progress
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11 Facility Water Use: Water Audit A water audit is a detailed review of facility water
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This note was uploaded on 11/12/2011 for the course MGMT 021 taught by Professor Dr.lacy during the Fall '11 term at Howard.

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