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Innovative--Innovation and technology play a key role in water conservation efforts. Xeriscaping (landscaping that minimizes water use) and roof rainwater reclamation systems are just two examples of innovative systems being implemented at EPA facilities. In terms of water use practices, innovation is exhibited through the use of grey water.

Individual--Water conservation programs have always put an emphasis on individual efforts. By installing low-flow fixtures (faucets, toilets, shower heads, etc.) and fixing leaks immediately, water conservation can easily be advanced. Additionally, by minimizing individual excess (average daily faucet water consumption is estimated at 10.5 gallons) on a widespread scale, water consumption could be significantly reduced.

Industrial--Water conservation projects often focus their efforts on practices and systems that are most visible in society. As a result, industrial water using processes are often overlooked. Upon measuring water use in EPA laboratories, it was discovered that on average 68 percent of water is consumed by mechanical systems such as cooling towers, reverse osmosis units, and single pass cooling of equipment.

The above information on water conservation was obtained from the Environmental Protection Agency’s website. To read this report in its entirety, or to learn more about Water Conservation, please visit: http://www.epa.gov/greeningepa/water/more_info.htm