Water Conservation

April 12, 2014--WaterSmart software for a more water-wise lifestyle (Mercury News)

WaterSmart Software, a small startup in San Francisco, is working with local water districts in California and other states to transform meter data into easy-to-understand home water reports that are mailed directly to homeowners or made accessible via the Web and mobile devices. WaterSmart now has 15 water district customers in four states, and several more pending.


April 10, 2014--Udall introduces water efficiency bills (Albuquerque Business First)

Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM) has introduced four bills intended to improve the use of water in New Mexico and other Western states. The bills are based on recommendations made during a Water Conference Udall co-hosted with New Mexico State University in 2012. “Water is crucial to our economy and to our quality of life. Our future depends on it.


April 3, 2014--Colorado close to ban on water-wasting plumbing (Denver Post)

Inefficient faucets, toilets and showerheads moved closer to becoming illegal in Colorado Thursday when the state House gave preliminary approval to the proposal to phase out low-efficiency fixtures. The measure would prohibit the sale of water-wasting plumbing fixtures by 2016. The measure passed after a lively debate full of potty humor.


February 7, 2014--Ellen Roberts’ bill to limit lawn size gains traction (Durango Herald)

An idea crafted in Durango to save water by limiting the size of suburban lawns survived its first test Thursday. The bill, dreamed up by local water engineer Steve Harris, has grabbed the attention of homebuilders, local governments, water suppliers and farm advocates.


December 8, 2013--Water recycling shower (Ozarks First)

With millions of Americans showering every single day, a precious resource goes right down the drain.


December 3, 2013--The case for waterless urinals to take over the world (Washington Post)

M&T Bank Stadium, home of the NFL’s Baltimore Ravens, reduced its water usage by 43 percent after installing 400 waterless urinals. The Staples Center in Los Angeles — which hosts the NBA’s Lakers and Clippers — is saving 7 million gallons a year, according to Falcon Waterfree Technologies, the leader in waterless urinals.


Public Opinion Poll on Water Issues and Conservation

A recent public opinion poll of Coloradans identified conservation as the top tool to address the state’s most important water concerns.

September 9, 2013--Report reveals missed opportunities to conserve water, energy (Water World)

According to a report published Wednesday, Sept. 4, by Water in the West, a research center at Stanford University, water and wastewater managers are missing substantial opportunities to save energy and money.


August 12, 2013--Arid southwest cities’ plea: Lose the lawn (New York Times)

This is how officials here feel about grass these days: since 2009, the city has paid $1.4 million to homeowners willing to rip out their front lawns and plant less thirsty landscaping. At least the lawns are still legal here. Grass front yards are banned at new developments in Las Vegas, where even the grass medians on the Strip have been replaced with synthetic turf.


More Flexibility in State's Water Laws Needed, Panel Says

According to an April 24th Greeley Tribune article, reforming laws to provide more flexibility in how water is used and shared in Colorado will be critical in meeting demands as the state’s population rapidly grows.

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