ERIC Number: EJ1006707
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Reference Count: 0
Managing Water Scarcity: Why Water Conservation Matters to Business
Spiwak, Stephen M.
Facilities Manager, v29 n2 p24-27 Mar-Apr 2013
The issue of water scarcity has often hit the headlines in the past several years. Some states have gone to court over water rights and access even as others have agonized over scarce supplies. University presidents and their staff of directors understand that the days of unlimited, inexpensive water are almost over. While it remains inexpensive in comparison to other components of the heating and cooling processes, it is often the most visible reflection of the impact on the local environment. Much attention has been focused on this central issue and exploring different methods of assessing and tracking water use on campus to drive awareness and ownership with employees, guests, and the student body. While assessing water footprint and flows is a good first step, it is critical to further identify and understand the solutions and their economic, social, and environmental impacts. There are steps toward water conservation facility managers can take right now to protect this valuable resource for the future. A few of them are discussed in this article. Taking the time to properly consider the overall impact of water conservation strategies on not only water use but also energy use, asset preservation, and reliability will help campus facility managers customize their strategies and ensure that their facilities' goals are achieved. With fresh, usable water supplies constantly changing, proactive planning is certain to become critically important.
Descriptors: Water, Energy, Conservation (Environment), Facilities Management, Educational Facilities, Universities
APPA: Association of Higher Education Facilities Officers. 1643 Prince Street, Alexandria, VA 22314. Tel: 703-684-1446; Fax: 703-543-2772; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; Web site: http://www.appa.org
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A