The U.S. Geological Survey reports the nation’s per capita water use is down by nearly 30 percent since 1975.
This is great news. It means that while we grow economically and in population we don’t necessarily put a greater strain on water resources and clean water. Improvements in efficiency, conservation, and reuse are key strategies for water reduction.
Water Conservation is a fundamental strategy to reduce and adapt to the effects of climate change. If we can cut our water use across sectors, we can cut our water-related energy use at a roughly proportionate rate. Check out our winter newsletter, coming Dec 1, that is a special issue devoted to “Why Climate Change Matters on a Watershed Level.”