Every Drop Counts
Brought to you by your local WaterMatch Makers
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Introductions & Agenda
• This presentation brought to you by…
• Why every drop counts
• WaterMatch and the WaterMatch Makers Program
• Getting to know your local watershed and resources
• Campus water conservation and awareness activities
• How you can help and get involved
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Why Every Drop Counts
• All earth life is water life. Water is literally everywhere because life is
•While you can go almost a month without food, your body can’t survive
one week without water
•Only 1% of the world’s water supply is available for drinking water
• With increasing populations, it has become even more imperative to
preserve and conserve our water
• At any given time, more than half of the world’s hospital beds are
occupied by people suffering from waterborne diseases
•3-6 million people, mostly children, die every year due to preventable
water-related diseases
•Water is critical to daily operations of existing business and to the vitality
of new commercial enterprise and residential developments
• The availability of water resources and service has a profound effect on
job creation and overall economic prosperity
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•The Earth has always had the same amount of water what we have now is all we are ever going to have
• My water becomes your water becomes their water all
around the world
We are all “Downstream”
(click to play video produced by WateReuse Research Foundation)
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Water reuse for both potable and
non-potable uses is critical to achieving
global water security and sustainability.
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Social networking + GIS mapping + water generators + water users = WaterMatch
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What is WaterMatch?
WaterMatch is a grassroots initiative to promote the beneficial reuse
of municipal effluent by industry or agriculture, using the power of GIS
mapping and social networking to facilitate matches.
www.ch2mhill.com/watermatch By using the free
WaterMatch website:
Industrial and Agricultural
water users can easily locate
municipal wastewater treatment
plants in their area.
Municipal wastewater
organizations can provide
information in their profile.
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Win-Win-Win Benefits
• When Industrial and Agricultural freshwater use is reduced, freshwater
supply for human use and/or ecosystems is increased.
• Economic benefits: when Industries use municipal effluent, they are typically
willing to provide funding for advanced treatment and for the water itself.
• Reuse promotes the sustainability of cities and health of communities –
particularly in developing countries.
Industries and Agriculture:
• Municipal effluent offers a secure source of relatively good quality water.
• Use of non-fresh water strengthens a company’s public reputation and
license to operate.
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Why is it needed?
According to Global
Water Intelligence:
“It is only by setting
the target of reusing
half of the world’s
domestic water
supply that the world
can meet its water
challenge over the
next two decades
without imperiling the
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How does it work?
Industrial and
Users log in
by providing
Public can
search for
WWTPs by
location and
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WWTP Locations and Names are
Shown to Public
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Registered Users can Link to Facility Profile
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Municipal Users fill in Facility Profile
Industrial Users find WWTP Contacts
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Connections Made – Matches Begun
Dear Shanghai
Touxu WWTP,
Our factory needs
a reliable source
of raw water for
steam. What is
the quality of your
AAA Textile Mill
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Example: Reuse by Oil Refineries
Recycled Water Project
Los Angeles, California, USA
Municipality: West Basin Municipal Water District
Company: Three Large Oil Refineries
Flowrate: 14 million gallons per day
Use: Cooling and Boiler Feed Water
Conveyance: Underground Pipeline
“Serving recycled water to the refineries
redirects enough potable water to serve
over 30,000 typical homes each year”.
Joe Walters, Mgr. of Business
Development, WBMWD
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Example: Reuse by Power Plant
Empire Generating Project
Rensselaer, New York
• 635 MW Natural Gas
Combined Cycle
• 4800 gpm of
municipal secondary
effluent for process
make-up water
• Tunnel beneath Hudson River to convey effluent to plant
• Facility conserves fresh water consumption by as much as
4800 gpm in summer high demand period
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University WaterMatch Makers
Leveraging university students around the world to
help populate the database, encourage WWTP participation, and
build awareness about water reuse.
Our role:
Site Locations - Identify municipal WWTPs in area and add to WaterMatch
Facility Profiles - Contact municipalities/WWTPs to help them fill in their
Facility Profiles
Progress Reporting – Provide updates on University Profile on WaterMatch
Makers webpage and through social media
Hold a WaterMatch Meet-Up & Water Awareness Event on Campus
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What We Learned
– Local water resources – local water shed, average rain fall, local water
issues (prone to drought? Flooding?)
– Local Facilities – how many are there, who do they serve, size,
processes, any infrastructure projects taking place,etc
– Water reuse in the area?
– Experience visiting the facility/ speaking with staff- response
– Overall experience
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Water Conservation on Campus
EFFORTS HAPPENING ON CAMPUS – reach out to facilities or
sustainability director if you don’t know!
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How You Can Help
conservation efforts students can help with
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How You Can Help
Wash laundry & dishes with full loads
Always turn off running water
Take shorter showers
Eliminate any and all leaks
Reduce the flow of toilets & showerheads
Discover your own water footprint and how you can cut back at
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