Progress report stresses the need for national assessment of water availability

Could water sustainability report lead to better water conservation efforts?

We know the status — as bleak as it may be — of America’s infrastructure thanks to the American Society of Civil Engineers’ 2013 Report Card for America’s Infrastructure that was released earlier this year. Now the U.S. Department of the Interior has released its own report on the progress of the National Water Census, offering those in the clean-water industry a more specific look at the nation’s water sustainability and management development. 

The full report, developed at the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), outlines topics including geographic focus area studies, water availability and water quality, delivering the data and planning for the future. 

“This update to the National Water Census — the first since 1978 — will give the nation critical new information about the availability and use of America’s freshwater resources,” said Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar in a press release. 

The report, released to Congress, stresses the need for a national assessment of water availability and the progress the USGS has made toward establishing a comprehensive census. It is a step toward informing the public as well as the water resources managers about the importance of measuring and managing the resource we all rely on. 

As water becomes scarcer in our nation due to climate changes, growing populations, municipal demands and energy development, the public depends on clean-water operators to understand how we, as a nation, can use the resource effectively and efficiently. 

Handing out the 44-page report to water customers with their monthly bills probably won’t get the point across about water conservation. But smaller-scale outreach efforts, such as using social media to reach consumers, or a complete overhaul of your consumer water reduction campaign could be the first step in achieving nationwide awareness of our diminishing resource. 

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