This year, more than ever, water conservation is at the forefront of many Americans’ thoughts. Water waste just cannot be tolerated, especially in light of the drought conditions much of our nation is enduring. According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, the majority of the southwest is still being affected by moderate to exceptional drought conditions, and there doesn’t appear to be an end to this phenomenon anytime soon.
California in particular, has been relentlessly enduring drought conditions for the past three years. In some of the most severe areas, total rainfall has only been about 10 – 35 percent of normal. The snowpack in the Sierra Nevada is also well below the normal range and the Santa Ana winds, which are gusting over southern California, have only served to intensify the dryness.
During the Greenbuild Expo last month in New Orleans, we spoke with numerous people who were concerned about the serious shortage of water; many were looking for ways to incorporate more water conservation into their homes and businesses. One of the most surprising things to us during these conversations was the lack of knowledge of how much water waste a typical reverse osmosis (RO) system produces.
The need for point of use water filtration systems is growing by leaps and bounds; increased ground pollution, the liberal use of pesticides, and greater knowledge of what contaminants are found in our water supplies, calls for action. Unfortunately, many consumers choose an RO filtration system because it is so readily available and is what they are familiar with. These types of systems do a great job of filtering drinking water, but the environmental impact is enormous.
On average, an RO water filtration system wastes at least 86 percent of its feed water – EIGHTY SIX PERCENT! A typical unit requires 12.5 gallons of feed water to make one gallon of filtered water. This amount of water waste is insane and negates any other efforts made to conserve water in homes or offices. A High Efficiency (HE) LINX Drinking Water System however, only requires 0.6 to 1.4 gallons of water to produce one gallon of filtered drinking water.
As we continue to experience drought conditions, and our awareness of the need for water conservation continues to grow, we need to examine every aspect of our water usage. Determining ways in which we can conserve water is essential and there are many changes, great and small, we can make in order to conserve more water. In the midst of conservation however, let’s not forget about water waste; study your water usage at home and at work to determine areas where water is being wasted. Making the necessary adjustments now to conserve and stop wasting this precious resource, will help to protect our water supplies well into the future.