Approximately 96 million gpd of wastewater is treated into drinking water
There are many examples across the U.S. of local water utilities taking progressive steps to create a drought-proof sustainable supply of water to meet public, agricultural, industrial and environmental demands. These include Wichita Falls, Texas; Palm Beach County Utilities, Fla.; and LOTT Clean Water Service in Oregon.
Water scarcity is a universal and growing issue. With huge projected population growth, this problem will only continue to increase. The World Economic Forum reported that the world’s population surpassed 7 billion in 2011, and is expected to reach 9.3 billion by 2050. Urbanization, industrialization, pollution, increased energy needs and climate change all reinforce the stress of population growth, making water accessibility an even more pressing issue.
Reused water keeps hotel guests cool in Dubai
Two innovative projects produced food and beer for gala celebration
The WateReuse Assn. recently honored two creative partnerships that demonstrate how agencies, industries and producers can work together to increase water resources to meet public demand. The awards were presented during the One Water Innovations Gala in New Orleans on Sept. 28.
This article will review the benefits and challenges of implementing water reuse strategies, focused on building heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) and plumbing systems at the new 217,000-sq-ft Milton Union K-12 School. Public policy changes (codes, etc.) needed to be addressed during a project to more readily integrate these strategies into the building design. A summary of the water savings associated with incorporating these strategies is described herein.
K-12 school uses rainwater for toilet flushing & irrigation
Commercial applications for harvested rainwater are no longer a rarity in the U.S., though few uses of this heaven-sent water match the AdvancED facility in Alpharetta, Ga., for sustainability and energy efficiency. The U.S. Green Building Council thought so, too — the new global headquarters facility earned LEED Gold status.
Building leverages rainwater for HVAC energy savings
Competition challenged home brewers to create beer with water drawn from the Tualatin River
Winners of the Pure Water Brew Competition — a challenge to home brewers to create the best-tasting beer with water drawn from the Tualatin River—were announced. The winning beer was a Vox Max Belgian created by Ted Assur.
The competition was a public/private collaboration of the Oregon Brew Crew, Clean Water Services and Carollo Engineers to get people talking about water.
In 2007, Major League Baseball’s Minnesota Twins organization began constructing Target Field, an approximately 40,000-seat stadium located in the heart of Minneapolis. The organization’s goal was to make it a LEED-certified professional sports venue, which would recognize its sustainable building strategies and practices.
Target Field receives LEED certification with innovative rainwater reuse system
Rain harvesting school campus to transform education through water collection and agriculture
A unique secondary school campus, conceived and designed by the nonprofit design and innovation group PITCHAfrica, opens this month at the Endana Secondary School in Laikipia, Kenya. The Waterbank Campus comprises four unique, low-cost, rainwater harvesting building types invented by PITCHAfrica, and termed Waterbanks because of the building’s capacity to harvest and store high volumes of water at low cost, providing a year-round supply.
With drinking water becoming scarcer due to drought in highly populated areas and drinking water sources becoming more polluted, both individual homeowners and businesses are becoming aware of the need for drinking water conservation. This brings to mind the old saying, “reduce, reuse, recycle.”
Integrating water conservation strategies into water management
Our planet has massive water resources, but easy access to high-quality water is limited. As our global water supply becomes dirtier, the amount of energy required to deliver clean, usable water continues to rise.
Greywater reuse systems help alleviate water scarcity