Tag Archive for water conservation

Let’s View Water as an Investment

We lose 30% of our treated water to leaks, we don’t replace lead pipes and we put off necessary rebuilding improvements. The questions raised by Jane Kenny and Mark Mauriello are both on point and very telling.

water cycleWith the legislature covering hearings on our infrastructure needs, it is important that they consider the “One Water” approach…that is, look at the water cycle from start to start. Yes, that’s start to start.

Water is a cycle. We have a finite quantity that must be used over and over again. Yet, throughout history, we have treated water for drinking as a separate issue from used water. It is time to rethink the world of water in a more holistic fashion.

We have a chance to make an investment that is shown to return more than 200% for every dollar spent, improve cleanliness of the water we drink and save energy at the same time.

Let’s do it.

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Fixing N.J.’s water infrastructure is not a cost, it’s an investment


Wine and Warming…an Interesting Business Model

water consumptionAs the climate continues to change, and places that were wet become dry and places that were cool become warm, it is commonly accepted by any literate person that agricultural practices will need to change. At least one winery has recognized these changes and has made significant progress in reducing water consumption, using renewable energy and the best of all in my mind, re-instituting agricultural practices from times gone by that both replenish the soil and conserve water.

As noted in the Times, the Kendall-Jackson Winery in California has recognized that climate change is a threat to their livelihood and made changes in their agricultural practices to combat this treat. What impressed me most of all is the simplest of changes…moves to reduce water consumption and the use of compost to improve the soil.

This winery offers a good model on how to maintain a business in stressful times. Kudos…and Congratulations on forward thinking.

Those who fail to adapt are doomed to perish…

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Falcons, Drones, Data: A Winery Battles Climate Change
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Water Conservation

The front page photograph in the Time’s article says it all. To my mind it speaks to people’s arrogance, greed, folly and ignorance all in one image. To think that this form of development is in any way sustainable is so patently absurd that I have to wonder if we are indeed able to learn.

The image inside the article expands on this absurdity, but let’s not blame people and their ostentatious homes all by themselves. What about the fact that the farmers in California have resisted water conservation practices until forced to use them. Now they are beginning to use compost, masters and drip irrigation. Now, when the crisis is upon them.

water-conservationI can recall discussions about these landscaping practices when I was in college. Farmers would not use them because they cost more, they didn’t believe that they would work, or there were those independent minds that believed that government shouldn’t tell them what to do.

Homeowners were, and in most cases, remain adamant about their rights to have what they want in their yard.

Well, we are finding that sustainable agriculture and landscaping are generally most likely to occur when we mimic the natural system that is in place. If we can’t do that, we can at least use the most efficient forms of water conservation possible.

The article makes me wonder what the state of California’s water crisis would be if the methods of water conservation that have been around for decades had been adopted thirty years ago?

This would be an interesting analysis for a grad student.

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California Drought Tests History of Endless Growth
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