Conservation - Planning for a Sustainable Future
Conservation - Planning for a Sustainable Future
Everyone knows the importance of water. We can go without eating or sleeping, but we cannot live without water. Simply put, water is essential to life. But as important as water is, it’s not something we think about, and everyday, this limited supply of water is shrinking due to global warming and historical drought conditions. To make matters worse, recent federal rulings to protect the ecosystem in the San Joaquin - Sacramento Delta resulted in significant cutbacks in our State Water Project supply. Today, all of us in California are faced with meeting growing demands with a limited supply. This is why it’s important for all of us to do our part in conserving water.
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Alliance for Water Awareness and Conservation
As a member of the AWAC steering committee, AVRWC works closely with Mojave Water Agency and other surrounding cities/water agencies to implement regional conservation programs that are customized to meet the unique needs of our high desert community. By pulling our resources together, we all work to develop conservation strategies that are cost effective as well as innovative.
The Alliance for Water Awareness and Conservation (AWAC) is a dynamic coalition of 25 regional organizations whose mission is to promote the efficient use of water and increase community awareness of conservation as an important tool to help ensure an adequate water supply.
AWAC was formed in 2003 in response to a growing water demand that exceeds available supply throughout a 4,900-square-mile area of the Mojave Desert in Southern California.
Respect the Flow
Over the years, the cost of water has remained relatively low compared to other daily commodities we’ve come to rely on such as electricity, gas and oil. Quality and accessibility of water to all, regardless of social and economic background, have been paramount to all of us in the water industry.
Throughout the state, we are experiencing a rise in the cost of water, resulting from aged infrastructure that are in dire need of repair, capital investments to stretch our resources as well as rising cost of energy and material necessary for conveyance and treatment. In addition, statewide mandate to reduce water use 20 percent by year 2020 is moving water providers to implement pricing mechanisms that encourage conservation through financial incentives.
While the future is uncertain, one thing we can be certain of is that we need to remind ourselves to respect the value of water and preserve this precious resource for today and tomorrow. The “Respect the Flow” campaign is our way of promoting awareness and appreciation for water.
The Value of Water
The value of tap water can be characterized in four areas that align with our community goals: public health protection, economic development, fire protection, and quality of life. AVRWC’s number one priority is to protect public health. The delivery of safe water requires dedicated professionals, advanced technology and comprehensive regulations. AVRWC’s tap water meets all State and Federal regulations.
Second, a public water system provides the framework for economic development. The availability of water, or lack of it, is a key component in any development project. As well, a reliable water system is a key factor for businesses deciding where to locate. AVRWC supports efforts to ensure the availability of water, through protection of source waters, conservation and the development and storage of new water sources.
Fire protection is an often overlooked third benefit of all public water systems. AVRWC regularly checks the flows of our fire hydrants. We are committed to improving efficiency in other ways and to do our part to control costs. In addition, an efficient water system can add value to the community by positively impacting the formula used to set homeowners insurance rates.
Finally, any measure of a successful society - low mortality rates, economic diversity, and productivity – directly relates to adequate supplies of safe drinking water. It’s no accident that citizens of the United States, with some of the safest water in the world, also enjoy a high quality of life. Infrastructure investment supports that quality of life and provides a legacy for our future generations.
The bottom line is this: People take water for granted. AVRWC’s customers pay water rates that reflect adequate spending on system repair and increasing energy costs. It is up to us to make sure our customers understand just what it takes to provide a safe and sufficient supply of water and why safe drinking water is the lifeblood of our communities.