For those of you who watched your impatiens dry up and your grass wither into brown patches of dust during the summer drought of 2007, you probably know a little something about trying to conserve water. I vividly remember taking home half used bottles of water from work in a desperate attempt to hydrate my garden and avoid the increased fines of watering on “off-days.”
While our city seems to be avoiding drought conditions this year, water conservation is still a big concern – especially for greenies.
We all know the basic water saving tips like not running your water while brushing your teeth, taking shorter showers, and only operating the washing machine on full loads, but the opportunity to conserve water doesn’t stop there.
MGB.com recently had a chat with water conservation pro, Scott Kubiszyn of Nature’s Tap, a local provider of products and services that provide alternative and sustainable sources of water.
He shared some sobering facts about the water situation we are all facing today:
• Six percent of all the worlds energy use is for the purification and transport of water in the United States alone
• Only one percent of the worlds water is fresh water and accessible
• All the water we will ever have is here on the planet with us today
• Alabama, Georgia, Florida, and Tennessee are all fighting over water rights
• One out of six people in the world don’t have access to safe drinking water
Given those statistics, it is clear that we should all be taking water conservation very seriously. Scott’s business is dedicated to bringing the latest in water saving technology to Alabama homes and communities. Nature’s Tap provides products as basic as rain barrels, which are placed right underneath your downspout to collect water for outdoor uses, to larger cisterns and systems that range anywhere from a few hundred gallons to thousands of gallons.
By capturing and using water at the point of the source, natural processes are restored and water is placed back into the ground where it would have infiltrated naturally before development.
Utilizing these solutions along with more complex approaches such as filtration pumps and greywater systems (plumbing that uses water from our bathroom sinks, showers, and washing machines to supply all of the toilet flushing water in a home), are some of the latest options in water saving technology.
The benefits of investing in water sustaining technology are quite obvious. They range from reducing energy consumption, saving money on water and sewer bills, growing healthier plants, grasses, and trees to insuring valuable landscape investments against watering restrictions in time of drought, and investing in the value of your home with ecological products and systems.
“Most people don’t think about the energy required to pump water over several mountains and a number miles to their home while maintaining constant pressure in those lines. Similarly they don’t think about the impact of the water that runs away from our homes and ultimately reaches our rivers and streams.”
“We are confident that once people fully understand the environmental and economic impact they can have by rethinking their approach to water, these practices will be widely adopted and our world will change for the better,” adds Scott.
Start rethinking how you conserve water today. To find more water conservation tips check out www.wateruseitwisely.com/100-ways-to-conserve/index.php. To contact Nature’s Tap, search for their listing in our Green Guide under the Water Conservation category.
Written by Allison Bennett