Opinions on Water in the US
This article stood out this week regarding the state of water in Texas. Just a few years ago there was a drought in Georgia, and soon there will be another area of the country dealing with some of these same issues. Whether you agree with the writer isn't important. What's important to recognize is that we're facing these problems now, and will continue to in the future. As a colleague in this industry, you likely are aware of these issues, but are your friends, family, neighbors, and even community water board?
Peter Gleick for Huffington Post (reprinted by Circle of Blue) on climate change, politics and the Texas drought...
"What could the State do beyond prayer? In the short run, far more intensive and aggressive efforts are needed to reduce non-critical water use in the residential, commercial, industrial, and agricultural sectors. Ornamental outdoor landscaping needs to be cut back. According to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, as of early August only 665 water systems serving more than 10 million people (out of more than 4700 in the state) were asking customers to restrict water use by following some kinds of outdoor water use restrictions and many of these were voluntary. That’s not enough. This is the time to help communities remove water-intensive landscaping permanently and to plant water-efficient gardens and plants. Commercial water-using appliances need to be replaced with water-efficient ones, including dishwashers, laundromats, car washes, and commercial cooling systems. Homeowners need to be offered information and financial incentives to replace old toilets, find and stop leaks, install more efficient washing machines and showerheads, and other proven water-saving options."