Public water supplies and treatment facilities in the U.S. consume an average 56 billion kilowatt-hours (kWh) a year-enough electricity to power more than five million homes for an entire year. Moreover, the EPA reports that approximately 4% of the nation's electricity consumption is used for moving or cleaning water and wastewater.
The growing awareness of the planet's limited resources and the rapid expansion of the green building movement are compelling Building Teams to employ more water-conserving strategies and plumbing technologies. From rainwater harvesting and graywater recycling systems to integrated water-metering "dashboards," the possibilities are not only intriguing but suggest a manageable and sustainable future.
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