|Governing Magazine listed the cost of water as one of “The Top 10 Legislative Issues to Watch in 2015.” To quote Tom Curtis, the head of government affairs for American Water Works, “The era of cheap water is really coming to an end.” It is predicted that the rising cost of water will substantially affect state and local government decision-making.There are numerous reasons for the predicted cost increases. Nationwide, century-old pipes need replacing, which is estimated to cost the country more than $2 trillion over the next 25 years. Other systems require major upgrades to meet Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) requirements. And many communities facing water shortages are spurring the search for new sources.|
Although there’s not much to be done about the extensive approaching costs, we can all do our part to conserve. Keep reading for simple tips the entire community can use in an effort to save on water consumption.
The three R’s of water conservation
As the cost of water rises, utilities have no choice but to pass the burden on to customers, but conservation education can help. We’ve all heard of the four R’s of sustainability—reduce, reuse, recycle and recover. Similarly, there are three R’s of water preservation. Share these with your community and agency staff alike.
Remember, there’s not much we can do to keep the rising cost of water down, but we can do our part to help our community use water more wisely. Promote the three R’s and watch the savings pour in.
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“50 Ways To Save Water.” The Water Conservation School. N.p., n.d. Web. Retrieved 26 Feb. 2015.
“The Water Leak Detection Kit.” American Water. N.p., n.d. Web. Retrieved 26 Feb. 2015.