How Various Increasing Stresses Are Impacting Water Harvesting Projects

How Various Increasing Stresses Are Impacting Water Harvesting Projects

Published: Aug. 2023 | by Wahaso Water Harvesting Solutions

How Scarcity, Drought, and Rising Water Costs Are Impacting Water Harvesting Projects

The convergence of scarcity, drought, and soaring water costs

The convergence of scarcity, drought, and soaring water costs poses significant challenges for owners, operators, and developers of buildings and sites which rely on potable water for a variety of uses. Particularly in water stressed regions, these must be addressed prior to beginning new construction and retrofit projects, as well as establishing long-term projections of municipal water consumption and related costs.

Reduced Water Availability

Water scarcity, driven by factors such as population growth, large scale overconsumption, and emerging climatic factors, has resulted in dwindling water supplies in various parts of North America and the World in general. Water harvesting systems that rely on natural water sources stemming from rainwater and stormwater runoff, and groundwater seepage, face a diminished yield, and in the worst cases, suffer significant reduction in efficiency. Although alternative sources such as greywater and process water, are an option in certain locations, many projects may have to forgo water harvesting entirely.

Prolonged Droughts

Prolonged drought and less frequent rainfall can result in rain and stormwater-reliant systems experiencing extended periods of inactivity, affecting their ability to replenish water reserves for building and site operations. Consequently, owners and developers must incorporate contingency plans, such as supplementary water sources or larger storage capacities, to sustain operations during droughts, though again, such options may be face significant constraints.

Escalating Water and Sewer Costs

Fast rising Municipal water and sewer discharge costs add another layer of urgency to the consideration of water harvesting integration. As costs surge in some places, the payback relative to system cost may dramatically improve, resulting in owners and developers coupling water harvesting with other innovative strategies to optimize water use and reduce related operational expenses.

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Technology and Infrastructure Adaptation

Technological advancements, including sophisticated remote monitoring and automation tools play a major role in ensuring optimal water consumption and efficiency. Smart metering and data analytics aid in assessing water consumption patterns and identifying areas for improvement.

Importance of Water Management

Another effective way to address scarcity and increasing costs, is through implementing water management systems and practices. These range from integrating water-efficient fixtures, implementing native landscaping, and incorporating water efficient irrigation systems, to promoting responsible water use among project end-users.

Water Harvesting Collaboration and Policy Support

The impact of scarcity, drought, and rising water costs upon building projects necessitates collaboration among stakeholders. Partnerships between developers and owners, local authorities, environmental agencies, and community organizations can facilitate access to resources, funding, and technical expertise. Moreover, supportive policies and public incentives may help encourage the widespread adoption of water harvesting systems beyond one single project.

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