Water waste and water loss mean two different things.
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As Spotsylvania County's population grows and water demands rise, it is becoming increasingly important to manage not only the water supply and treatment, but also the demand on an ongoing basis. One tool water utilities use to manage demand is to develop a comprehensive water conservation program. Water conservation is broadly defined as the beneficial reduction in water use, waste and loss. The ultimate goal of water conservation is not to prevent water use, but to maximize efficiency and the benefit of each gallon used.
The Spotsylvania County Utilities Water Conservation Initiative is a result of a study the County conducted to determine appropriate conservation programs based on Spotsylvania County's demand projections and customer characteristics.
The U.S. Water Resources Council defines water conservation as activities designed to reduce the demand for water, improve efficiency in use, reduce losses and waste of water, and improve land management practices to conserve water. In short, water conservation is the reduction of water usage or reducing its waste and loss.
Efficient water use is often considered the minimal amount of water that is technically and economically feasible to achieve an intended function. Water efficiency accomplishes more with less by using the best available technology and using water in smarter and more innovative ways.
Less than 3 percent of the water on Earth is fresh; much of that is unreachable in glaciers, icecaps, or deep in the earth. The depletion of these dwindling water supplies degrades the natural environment and can necessitate costly water projects. Water conservation practices, such as efficient appliances and fixtures, behavioral changes, and changes in irrigation practices, can reduce water consumption by as much as a third.1
Water Conservation and demand management continue to be important components of the management of our long term drinking water supply. The benefits of lower demand are:
1"Water Conservation," <https://www.greenbiz.com/research/report/2002/08/02/water-conservation>, accessed on October 16, 2019.
There are simple changes you can make to your daily routine that can add up to big savings.
Learn more here: Water Saving Tips
Every business is different and every solution is different. Some suggested activities that can help most businesses reduce water use include:
By following the voluntary lawn and landscaping watering schedule in the summer, you can help maintain adequate water pressure and volume for you and your neighbors while also being a friend to the environment.
* Customers may irrigate on Wednesday as an alternate day.
Please avoid watering between peak demand hours of 5:00 a.m. and 9:00 a.m.
To learn more, check out this page: Voluntary Watering Schedule