Simple Measures Can Really Add Up

This article was originally published in the SaportaReport Thought Leaders Column in June 2015.

Summer is upon us.  As temperatures rise, thoughts turn to a dip in the pool or a nice, cold shower. And while May 2015 was the wettest month in the nation since 1895, soon conversations in many parts of the country will turn to talk of watering restrictions and water conservation.

The Georgia Water Stewardship Act went into effect statewide on June 2, 2010.  It limits daily outdoor watering for purposes of planting, growing, managing, or maintaining ground cover, trees, shrubs or other plants. Further, it permits watering only between the hours of 4 p.m. and 10 a.m. for anyone whose water is supplied by a water system permitted by the Environmental Protection Division.  The full list of restrictions and exemptions can be found here.

Recently at Southface, we tried an experiment to limit water use.  Challenged to reduce our water consumption by 20 percent in order to meet the requirements of the Atlanta Better Buildings Challenge, we decided to monitor our behavior in an easy, low-tech way.

Read the whole story in the SaportaReport Thought Leaders section.

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