Why Every Drop Counts

Report
Every Drop Counts
Brought to you by your local WaterMatch Makers
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Introductions & Agenda
• This presentation brought to you by…
• Why every drop counts
• WaterMatch and the WaterMatch Makers Program
• Getting to know your local watershed and resources
• Campus water conservation and awareness activities
• How you can help and get involved
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Why Every Drop Counts
• All earth life is water life. Water is literally everywhere because life is
everywhere
•While you can go almost a month without food, your body can’t survive
one week without water
•Only 1% of the world’s water supply is available for drinking water
• With increasing populations, it has become even more imperative to
preserve and conserve our water
• At any given time, more than half of the world’s hospital beds are
occupied by people suffering from waterborne diseases
•3-6 million people, mostly children, die every year due to preventable
water-related diseases
•Water is critical to daily operations of existing business and to the vitality
of new commercial enterprise and residential developments
• The availability of water resources and service has a profound effect on
job creation and overall economic prosperity
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•The Earth has always had the same amount of water what we have now is all we are ever going to have
• My water becomes your water becomes their water all
around the world
We are all “Downstream”
(click to play video produced by WateReuse Research Foundation)
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Water reuse for both potable and
non-potable uses is critical to achieving
global water security and sustainability.
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ch2mhill.com/watermatch
Social networking + GIS mapping + water generators + water users = WaterMatch
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What is WaterMatch?
WaterMatch is a grassroots initiative to promote the beneficial reuse
of municipal effluent by industry or agriculture, using the power of GIS
mapping and social networking to facilitate matches.
www.ch2mhill.com/watermatch By using the free
WaterMatch website:
Industrial and Agricultural
water users can easily locate
municipal wastewater treatment
plants in their area.
Municipal wastewater
organizations can provide
information in their profile.
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Win-Win-Win Benefits
Environment:
• When Industrial and Agricultural freshwater use is reduced, freshwater
supply for human use and/or ecosystems is increased.
Communities:
• Economic benefits: when Industries use municipal effluent, they are typically
willing to provide funding for advanced treatment and for the water itself.
• Reuse promotes the sustainability of cities and health of communities –
particularly in developing countries.
Industries and Agriculture:
• Municipal effluent offers a secure source of relatively good quality water.
• Use of non-fresh water strengthens a company’s public reputation and
license to operate.
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Why is it needed?
According to Global
Water Intelligence:
“It is only by setting
the target of reusing
half of the world’s
domestic water
supply that the world
can meet its water
challenge over the
next two decades
without imperiling the
environment.”
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How does it work?
Industrial and
Municipal
Users log in
by providing
brief
information
Public can
search for
WWTPs by
location and
distance
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WWTP Locations and Names are
Shown to Public
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Registered Users can Link to Facility Profile
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Municipal Users fill in Facility Profile
Industrial Users find WWTP Contacts
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Connections Made – Matches Begun
Dear Shanghai
Touxu WWTP,
Our factory needs
a reliable source
of raw water for
steam. What is
the quality of your
effluent?
Regards,
AAA Textile Mill
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Example: Reuse by Oil Refineries
Recycled Water Project
Los Angeles, California, USA
Municipality: West Basin Municipal Water District
Company: Three Large Oil Refineries
Flowrate: 14 million gallons per day
Use: Cooling and Boiler Feed Water
Conveyance: Underground Pipeline
“Serving recycled water to the refineries
redirects enough potable water to serve
over 30,000 typical homes each year”.
Joe Walters, Mgr. of Business
Development, WBMWD
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Example: Reuse by Power Plant
Empire Generating Project
Rensselaer, New York
• 635 MW Natural Gas
Combined Cycle
• 4800 gpm of
municipal secondary
effluent for process
make-up water
• Tunnel beneath Hudson River to convey effluent to plant
• Facility conserves fresh water consumption by as much as
4800 gpm in summer high demand period
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University WaterMatch Makers
Leveraging university students around the world to
help populate the database, encourage WWTP participation, and
build awareness about water reuse.
Our role:
Site Locations - Identify municipal WWTPs in area and add to WaterMatch
Map
Facility Profiles - Contact municipalities/WWTPs to help them fill in their
Facility Profiles
Progress Reporting – Provide updates on University Profile on WaterMatch
Makers webpage and through social media
Hold a WaterMatch Meet-Up & Water Awareness Event on Campus
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What We Learned
• USE THIS & ADDITIONAL SLIDES TO SHARE INFO ON:
– Local water resources – local water shed, average rain fall, local water
issues (prone to drought? Flooding?)
– Local Facilities – how many are there, who do they serve, size,
processes, any infrastructure projects taking place,etc
– Water reuse in the area?
– Experience visiting the facility/ speaking with staff- response
– Overall experience
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Water Conservation on Campus
• USE THIS SLIDE(s) TO SHARE WATER CONSERVATION
EFFORTS HAPPENING ON CAMPUS – reach out to facilities or
sustainability director if you don’t know!
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How You Can Help
• USE THIS SLIDE TO ENCOURAGE PARTICIPATION
IN CAMPUS/LOCAL PROGRAMS or general water
conservation efforts students can help with
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How You Can Help
Wash laundry & dishes with full loads
Always turn off running water
Take shorter showers
Eliminate any and all leaks
Reduce the flow of toilets & showerheads
Discover your own water footprint and how you can cut back at
http://environment.nationalgeographic.com/environment/freshwater/water-footprint-calculator/
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