We all have heard over and over that we should conserve water – while lots of people buy into this concept, there are still a few who don’t think water conservation is worthwhile…this week I heard a really compelling argument for all those naysayers (“water is a closed loop system – we’re never going to run out”).
Did you know that water treatment plants are the largest user of electricity in most communities? In total, water treatment plants use 4% of the entire U.S. electricity use. FOUR PERCENT! That’s a lot for a single use! And, 80% of that electricity is used to MOVE the water.
Think about that next time your community decides to install an irrigation system. Cost is not just the direct cost to you to pay for the water…but also in taxes & fees to pay for the electricity that the water company uses to pump the water to you. And taxes to pay for expanding the power plant to cover the increased demand. And we’re not even beginning to talk about carbon emissions….
Maybe water-efficient landscaping would have been a better selection. Oops.
Source: APA Planners Training Service presentation June 10, 2010