Education and Consultation Tools

“WeTap”: An Exciting New Opportunity for Public Drinking Water Fountains

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.

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EPA watershed planning handbook released

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.

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Water CHAMP helps hotels and motels conserve water

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.

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Peachland bailiff gathers info and enforces restrictions

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.

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Penticton survey identifies watering habits

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.

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