Friday, March 9, 2012
How Do You Measure Water Use? by Veolia Water
Cities and businesses need to think about adopting sustainable, cost-effective practice with water consumption.
What gets measured gets managed. And water – which requires electricity, chemicals and labour to treat – rarely gets measured. A new tool by Veolia Water is changing that.
Traditionally, water is measured by volume. While this helps raise awareness, it's insufficient for representing impact to a water resource and the environment.
Veolia Water developed the Water Impact Index to meet this need. It's a tool that can help cities and companies plan long-term projects to ensure long-term water supplies.
In a nutshell, the Water Impact Index:
• expands on existing volume-based water measurement tools.
• incorporates additional factors like resource stress and water quality.
• provides a better way to establish the implications of water management.
Veolia used the Water Impact Index for the first time in Milwaukee. They conducted what they believe is the first-ever simultaneous analysis of water and carbon on a major urban area's water cycle. The results were surprising, and yielded very real answers on water solutions with the best ROI.
As competing demands for water escalate, business and governance as usual will not suffice. Cities, industries and citizens need data, smart-planning tools, better approaches and more cost-effective best practices to ensure a successful, sustainable future that takes into account these new realities.
The Water Impact Index can be used by cities and industries to recognise and adopt best practices which are meaningful for operating budgets – and for the environment.