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White House Water Strategy Calls on Business to Boost Water-Efficient Tech

drought in USA water strategy announced yesterday by the White House calls on businesses and industries to conserve water and boost the use of water-efficient and reuse technologies.

Through better water management practices and technology, the nation can reduce its water usage by 33 percent, bringing the US closer in line with other industrialized nations, and could reduce total CO2 emissions by about 1.5 percent annually, the White House says.

The strategy also calls on the private sector to promote and invest in research and development that will reduce new water supply technology’s cost by four times, electricity usage by three times and emissions by two times to achieve “pipe parity” — meaning costs equal to those from current processes for delivering fresh water — in the next decade.

As part of the public-private water strategy, the White House yesterday hosted a Roundtable on Water Innovation with industry and public leaders to discuss how to plan, efficiently use, and develop new supplies of clean water.

Evoqua Water Technologies participated in the event to discuss its Nexed electrochemical desalination module technology, which can reduce energy costs by as much as 30 percent. In addition, the new technology can help lower costs and facility footprint, the company says.

Water and wastewater utility American Water also participated in the roundtable. “Discussions included topics on water efficiency, technology, cost and innovative financing,” American Water’s Dr. Mark LeChevallier, director of innovation and environmental stewardship, told Environmental Leader. “The workshop is a prelude to a larger summit planned in March 2016 to further underscore the importance of water.”

In its other efforts to kick-start the water strategy, the Obama Administration is:

  • Launching a new Center for Natural Resources Investment at the Department of the Interior to promote increased private investment in water infrastructure and facilitate locally led water exchange agreements in the western US.
  • Announcing funding: more than $20 million in water and energy efficiency grants through the WaterSMART Water and Energy Efficiency Grant Program at the Department of the Interior. Funding will be awarded for projects that conserve and use water more efficiently, increase the use of renewable energy, improve energy efficiency, benefit endangered and threatened species, facilitate water markets, carry out activities to address climate-related impacts on water, or prevent any water-related crisis or conflict.
  • Launching an interactive website that connects data from a variety of sources to provide a visual depiction of the long-term drought in the Colorado River Basin.

Photo Credit: low level of Lake Mead via Shutterstock

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2 thoughts on “White House Water Strategy Calls on Business to Boost Water-Efficient Tech

  1. The Companies involved in the water business are making their profit with the wastage of the water, so they discourage the innovations that would significantly reduce the water wastage.
    See “The organized wasting of water and energy” : http://www.eauxglacees.com/COP-21-le-gaspillage-organise-de-l
    The situation is the same with the energy. Should we always accept the rules of those who destroy our planet to make more profit?
    Today the sole rule to fund and support an innovation is short term profit, but a day will come where the decisions will take in account the environmental impact and the related huge cost of climate disasters.
    https://www3.wipo.int/wipogreen-database/SearchDetailPage.htm?query=freewheeling&type=all&id=TGREEN18073

  2. I wished a notion on the adaptation of the rainwater harvesting measures had been highlighted; I tried my best to highlight the same through the following two articles of the undersigned:

    https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/compare-two-journeys-raindrops-judge-humans-water-ali-ahyaie?trk=prof-post

    Compare Two Journeys of the Raindrops; Then Judge on the Humans Negligence on the Water Management, in the Course of History!

    ===
    “The Analogy of the Freshly Squeezed Orange Juice out of Just Harvested Oranges and Freshly Treated Potable Harvested Rainwater; Freshly Condensed”

    https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/analogy-freshly-squeezed-orange-juice-out-just-mashallah-ali-ahyaie?trk=prof-post
    Best regards,
    Mashallah

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