With Water Cuts, Businesses Could Supply LA, Frisco, San Diego
If California businesses adopted proper water efficiency measures, enough water could be saved to supply San Francisco, Los Angeles and San Diego, according to a new report from the Natural Resources Defense Council.
Commercial, industrial and institutional sectors, which use an estimated 2.5 million acre-feet of water a year in California, need to adopt a variety of measures to reduce their water use, according to the report.
- The state needs to prioritize water conservation above increasing water supply.
- The state should levy a Public Goods Charge on water sales to help fund water efficiency programs.
- The state should set a target to reduce water use 20 percent within water agencies.
- The California Energy Commission should set standards for water efficiency in buildings, appliances and landscape irrigation.
- The state should create a general permit for using recycled water for landscape irrigation.
- The state should encourage volumetric pricing for sewer services. Research shows that a 10 percent increase in water price causes a 2-3 percent drop in demand.
- The state should decouple water agencies sales from revenue.
After residential requirements, office buildings, golf courses, schools, oil refineries, food processing facilities and high-tech manufacturers are among the leading water consumers in California.
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