Advancements in Water Conservation

Capita water use between 1986 and 1995 as water

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Unformatted text preview: and 1995 as water conservation programs were implemented in response to drought management changes. and/or other smart water management* initiatives. • As a result of continued water conservation efforts, the overall per capita water use for each region remains below pre-drought (mid 1980’s) levels. These measures helped the BAWAC members reduce demand • Regions with high urban density areas, high precipitation by over 250 thousand acre-feet (TAF) from 1987 to 1992. In the For example, water savings could be years following, the agencies have continued to implement achieved in a 5.0 gallon per flush toilet and cooler climates (e.g., Seattle) have lower overall per best management practices to encourage water conservation by installing a displace- capita water use than warmer regions with lower densities in the Bay Area. However, as BAWAC members make ment device in the significant progress with their water conservation programs tank to reduce water (e.g., plumbing retrofits, water efficient landscaping pro- use. Today, all new toilets utilize a maximum of 250 200 climate and urbanization (such as San Diego). find additional measures to reduce drought-period demand. 300 Southern Nevada Phoenix San Diego BAWAC Region Los Angeles Portland Seattle within the range of other MSAs with the most similar grams, etc.), it becomes increasingly difficult for customers to 350 Overall Per Capita Use (gpcd) programs in response to new technologies, industry Estimated Demand (AFY in Thousands) Low per capita water use is made possible through continued evaluation and refinement of the water conservation w/ Conservation w/o Conservation 1,450 1,400 BAWAC practices have resulted in low per capita water usage similar to other urban areas with smart water management* strategies. 1.6 gallons per flush, and Bay Area Water Agencies Coalition 1.6 gal and more suburban land use (e.g., Southern Nevada). • Overall per capita water use for the BAWAC region falls page six Bay Area Water Agencies Coalition 150 100 1984 1986 1988 1990 1992 1994 1996 1998 2000 Year page three The conservation efforts of BAWAC members have resulted in a showcase of water conservation projects. The BAWAC member agencies have pledged to implement best management p...
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