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Water Efficiency and the Task Force: Say It Like You Mean It!

January 7, 2010

Picking up where we left off before the holidays, it’s worth drawing attention to a Dec. 28 Athens Banner-Herald editorial that expressed some cautious optimism on the final recommendations of Gov. Perdue’s Water Contingency Task Force (click here to read those recs). Like the AJC just before the holidays (see last post), the Banner-Herald is glad to see water conservation/ efficiency in the task force recommendations – but wants to see more of it. Meanwhile, the paper realizes correctly that the recs “could serve as little more than guidelines to the legislators who must implement some sort of response to the federal ruling on [Lake] Lanier.”

True enough, and the column wisely concludes thusly:

“And in an election year, as 2010 is, which also will see lawmakers struggling with difficult questions regarding the funding of government services in the ongoing economic downturn, it’s easy to suppose that the General Assembly won’t be particularly interested in imposing tighter water conservation rules, although that clearly is what they should – in fact, what they must – do.”

Meanwhile, just before Christmas the Savannah Morning News ran an excellent column by green builder Tommy Linstroth, who does some simple math to show that the governor’s task force has still seriously underestimated the potential savings that water efficiency can provide for metro Atlanta. For example:

“It’s not rocket science. The task force estimates that only 35 million gallons daily can be saved through demand controlled conservation measures. But you can nearly double that just through high efficiency toilets, showerheads and faucets. That doesn’t even take into account replacing leaking pipes, installing rain sensors on irrigation systems, imposing water restrictions and implementing water efficiency pricing structures.”

Lastly, be sure to check out Linstroth’s new website, RehydrateUS, which aims to cut residential and commercial water consumption nationwide by a billion gallons a day through three simple retrofits to high-efficiency toilets, showerheads and sink aerators. The guy is definitely onto something.

One Comment leave one →
  1. DrinkMoreWater permalink
    January 11, 2010 6:57 am

    In the Metro Atlanta area conserving water in one county doesn’t always mean another county has more water available.

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