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.
Education and Consultation Tools
POLIS – Liz Hendriks (120p)
The objective of the Living Water Webinar Series is to create a continued dialogue to strategically address evolving concepts that will allow Canadians to sustainably manage water resources into the 21st Century.
It's a one‐stop shop, designed to help with everyday decision‐making – offering solutions to challenging questions that save both time and money. The toolkit offers simple steps to get homeowners started on the road to a greener home.
Making the Most of the Water We Have
The book presents and applies the water soft path approach and discusses the emerging issues and policy impacts around this new paradigm of water management. The focus is on a series of case studies at the provincial (Ontario), watershed (Annapolis Valley), urban and community scales across Canada.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Water has published a guide to watershed management as a tool in developing and implementing watershed plans. The draft “Handbook for Developing Watershed Plans to Restore and Protect Our Waters” is intended for communities, watershed groups, and local, state, tribal, and federal environmental agencies.
The Southwest Florida Water Management District, the agency responsible for managing water resources in a 16-county area in west-central Florida, provides a free program to hotels and motels to help conserve water. The district launched the Water Conservation Hotel and Motel Program (Water CHAMP) in 2002 to help decrease the impact vacationers place on Florida’s most precious resource—water.
The following hints will help both residents and growers assess their watering practices over the last growing season and consider improvements for next year.
A water bailiff was hired for the summer of 2005 to help enforce Peachland’s watering restrictions, and to gain a better understanding of how water is used by both residents and growers. This will help the district make sound water management decisions now and in the future.
During the summer of 2005, the City of Penticton’s Water Smart Ambassadors surveyed residents to determine their watering habits. They were thrilled to find that 99 percent of those surveyed agreed that water conservation is important, and that the majority of residents have adopted the City’s new watering restrictions.