Water is Power
It takes water to create electricity and electricity to treat water but the process is wildly inefficient and millions of gallons are wasted every year producing our power and treating our water. In fact it takes approximately 55 gallons of water to run your computer for a month, 73 gallons for your television. With the desire and accumulation of more and more technology devices, the demand for power is draining our water supply. So saving electricity – saves water, and saving water- conserves power, which in turn, conserves water. This doesn’t even take into account items such as reduced carbon footprint, losses in treatment, transportation and evaporation of water, of the reduced drain on the existing power grid. There is indeed a cascading environmental effect with water conservation efforts. Turning off lights and shutting down computers at night is an essential step but we have to find more and better ways to conserve energy and save our precious water. For example, if just one percent of the homes in the United States with standard toilets used just ½ gallon less water with every flush, hundreds of millions of gallons of water would not need to be treated and over 38 billion kilowatts of electricity would be saved every year.
Water Conservation Tied To Energy
- It take two gallons of water to produce one kilowatt of energy
- But it takes three KW to treat ONE gallon of water
- Thus, it takes SIX gallons of water to treat ONE Gallon
- 13% of the total electricity in the US (520 Billion KW Hours), is used to treat, transport and heat our water
- The power industry accounts for nearly half of all water withdrawals in the US
- California – 20% of all electricity used in state was used to supply and treat water
- One gallon of water weighs eight pounds, we use 100 gallons per day, which is 800 pounds or the weight of a small cow!
- A growing community needs more power, which requires more water, which in turn requires more power
- If just one percent of U.S. homes replaced older toilets with new, efficient versions, we’d save over 38 billion kw hours of electricity per year
- Estimated 2% to 3% of water for electricity is lost through evaporation, amounting to 1.6 trillion to 1.7 trillion gallons a year