In 2011 the Pacific Institute, in collaboration with Google, launched a smartphone application that could help address a major water challenge: finding, supporting, and expanding the United States’s public drinking water fountains. “The average American now drinks nearly 30 gallons of commercial bottled water per year. One of the reasons for this explosive growth in the sales of bottled water is the disappearance of public drinking water fountains,” stated Peter Gleick.
The United States Water Prize Program is a celebration of sustainable solutions that advance holistic, watershed-based approaches to water quality and quantity challenges.
The best way to achieve a sustainable future for fresh water is to develop decision-making processes, institutions, and technologies that emphasize both efficiency and conservation.
Don Degen (City of Kelowna):
New landscaping standards will help to reduce water consumption across the city and reduce residential landscaping water consumption by a further 15 per cent. This makes Kelowna the first city in BC to set this level of landscape water usage standards.
This is the first comprehensive analysis of the water soft path, drawing on studies from Canada and around the world. The book demonstrates that soft path analyses are both analytical and practical. It emphasizes that soft paths, beyond being conceptually attractive, can be economically and politically feasible.
The recommended approach is to “use the same water tomorrow we use today,” which accommodates all future population and economic growth to 2040, and beyond, using the same amount of water used in 2008.
Program provide residents with the tools to reduce water and energy use, save on energy and water bills and reduce greenhouse gas emissions generated through water heating.
Ted van der Gulik (BC Ministry of Agriculture):
Conference will bring together local government elected officials and staff from throughout the Columbia Basin to learn from leading practitioners.
Powerful software, plus demographic data, are some of the many resources utilities are discovering as they adapt to the new paradigm of demand forecasting.
Customized Water Smart Action Plans were drafted, thoroughly reviewed, and revised by each community to produce a final 'living document'.