Limited Water Supply
Water conservation has been a popular topic of discussion for years. Of all the water on earth, only 2.5 percent is freshwater. Of that 2.5 percent, 70 percent is locked in snow and ice caps. Water withdrawals are predicted to increase by 50 percent by 2025 in developing countries and 18 percent in developed countries. One football field—without end zones—is 1.1 acres. In the United States, evaporative cooling for commercial/industrial customers consumes 27,552,000 acre-feet/year.
Prices of water are increasing. Among the influences are the increase in the general population, tighter drinking water standards and tougher wastewater discharge limits. Federal regulations are emerging; tightening the standards for water use and wastewater.
Some commercial and industrial customers make water conservation a priority because they want to be green. Others make water conservation a priority because of the continually rising cost of water. Whatever your reasoning, make sure your water treatment supplier gives the appropriate insight and options to make your operations the most efficient to meet your objectives.