Going Beyond the KIT Giveaway

Why doesn’t water conservation get more attention from legislators and civic leaders? Everywhere you turn you see Utility Companies and even the federal government offering programs that reduce our demand for energy.

  • Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP)
  • Demand Side Management (DSM) programs offered through utilities and municipalities
  • Energy Star Program

All three of which are programs that are mandated or funded by the government. So why does energy get all of the attention while water does not? Besides giving out showerhead kits at city hall and creating progressive rate structures? Three reasons:

  1. Utility companies are profit driven entities which makes them an easy target. After all who cares if they make less money? Water departments however, rely on revenue from the sale of water to fund local projects and to avoid raising property taxes. Less water consumption means less revenue.
  2.  Even if a municipality were inclined to offer an aggressive water conservation program, they do not have the staff to manage and implement it. The last thing a city manager wants on his or her plate is a large scale program that includes promotion, installation and customer service. It’s much easier to restrict water lawns to every other day
  3. In order to be cost effective, a municipal program would need to address the low cost, high yield savings found with businesses and residential customers. Showerheads, aerators and modifying toilets would be the ideal target that makes the most financial sense.

The only way water conservation programs can be as effective as energy programs is to take the next step. Recognize that there is a need. Whether it’s to decrease peak demand, increase capacity to allow for new development or to simply decrease operating costs, decide that it is worth the effort. From their civic leaders will need to find a company that can implement their program.

To learn how your city can “take the next step” contact Water and Energy Solutions (link).