News: New Study Demonstrates Water Conservation Pays Off for Ratepayers

SACRAMENTO—Are Los Angeles ratepayers better off by conserving water over the long term? That’s the question explored in a new study released by the California Water Efficiency Partnership (CalWEP) and Alliance for Water Efficiency in partnership with the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP).

“Many customers and water professionals are perplexed by rate increases when system-wide water use goes down, and blame water conservation and efficiency as the

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Leading Water Utilities Reducing Water-Energy Nexus Pressures

Leading Water Utilities Reducing Water-Energy Nexus Pressures

Water is required to produce nearly all forms of energy. At the same time, electricity is needed to provide drinking water and treat wastewater. Recognizing rising water-energy nexus pressures, a range of water utilities around the world are developing innovative solutions to reduce these pressures.

Melbourne Water’s hydro-electric power stations

Melbourne Water has hydro-electric power stations operating throughout its supply network, generating renewable energy from the flow and pressure of … [more…]

Does a dishwasher use less water than washing dishes by hand?

photo: washing a sink full of dirty dishes in the kitchen. Does a dishwasher use less water than washing dishes by hand?

It’s time to save water.

If you’re trying to save money or water by hand washing your dishes instead of running the dishwasher, we’re afraid you’ve got it backwards. Studies show that automatic dishwashers use far less water than human hands scrubbing with soap and water.

We wanted to see for ourselves, so we cooked up a test in which we cleaned dishes by hand and measured how much water … [more…]

How to eat well — and save the planet

photo: face paint with words Save Water. How to eat well - and save the planet

Switching to a healthier diet can reduce an individual’s water footprint by as much as 55%.

According to new research, turning vegetarian has the biggest impact, but even cutting down on meat gives a saving of at least 10%.

Shifting to a healthy diet is a "win-win situation", say researchers.

Citizens will be healthier and their food can be produced using less of one of our most precious natural resources … [more…]

The Surprising Solution to Ocean Plastic

Still frame from video: David Katz TED Talk on ocean plastic

This talk was presented at a TED Institute event given in partnership with IBM. TED editors featured it among our selections on the home page. Read more about the TED Institute.

Can we solve the problem of ocean plastic pollution and end extreme poverty at the same time? That’s the ambitious goal of The Plastic Bank: a worldwide chain of stores where everything from school tuition to cooking fuel and … [more…]