Fight towards Energy and Water Conservation

Written by Ngoclan Nguyen

Known in the scientific realm as the blue planet, the earth’s body is made up of 75% of water. Despite this overwhelming percentage, unfortunately a disproportionate amount is saltwater, resulting in less than 1% of freshwater in the world. It is estimated that over a course of a year, we consume 9 billion cubic meters of fresh water globally. Of this number, the United States alone consumes the highest with the use of roughly 1,207 billion cubic meters. In the United States, this excessive use of water has resulted in droughts in states like Utah, South Carolina, California, as well as in a few other states. By contrast, in developing countries, this issue of water scarcity is further exacerbated by poverty and results in widespread diseases like diarrhea, schistosomiasis, and dengue fever which are transmitted through contaminated water. All of these compounding issues that results from water scarcity are at the forefront of the topic on global warming today and have led environmentalists and politicians to lobby for laws like the groundwater code in 1945 and the water resources act of 1971 in the United States in addition to the existing state water regulations.

In California and in other states that were previously and are currently experiencing a drought, these laws are extremely instrumental in lowering usage and preserving water. Efforts towards minimizing energy and water usage are instrumental among other factors in our fight to stop global warming. However, progress has been slow which can be accredited to the fact that being conscientious of one’s impact on the environment requires a keen understanding of what constitutes as the optimal baseline that the average individual is not equipped with. Needless to say, despite existing efforts, we are still far from and in fact we may never be able to completely resolve the issue of water scarcity but efforts to mitigate the issue are critical to the health and prosperity of our communities as a collective whole. Therefore local programs like ones offered by PG& E, Silicon Valley Power, and the City of Palo Alto utilities are key in mitigating this issue.

Our partnership with PG&E for the Wastewater Energy Program is designed to assist agriculture, food, and beverage processing facilities increase their energy efficiency through energy and water conservation projects for their wastewater systems. An efficient running wastewater treatment/system helps to increase productivity and lower cost by reducing the amount of energy, time, and resources spent in the production process. In addition to greatly benefiting large facilities, it helps to minimize the negative impact on the environment by removing all impurities like harmful bacteria and large particles from the water to allow for reuse.

Like PG&E’s program, SVP’s Energy Efficient Water Systems program and the City of Palo Alto Utilities’ Industrial and Commercial energy efficiency program are both designed to assist large facilities in saving energy and water. SVP’s program is targeted towards addressing water handling and processing systems and equipment. Whereas, the City of Palo Alto Utilities’ program is designed to assist large commercial and industrial facilities in identifying and implementing conservations projects to improve energy and water efficiency.

BASE along with its partners are committed towards helping its customers and facilities reach an optimal level of energy and water use through implementation of various projects designed to identify existing standards and practices proven to effectively lower use and cost.  We are committed to assisting consumers in being the solution to the issue as opposed to the cause and are offering financial incentives to consumers based on their verified energy savings for the programs. Like many other important issues, there is never an easy remedy that can easily resolve such an issue but rather requires continual diligence and effort to bring about change. With our extensive experience and expertise, we will be there every step of the way to provide any and all technical support and guidance to facilities in addition to the services provided by the programs. Join BASE and our partners in the efforts towards saving the environment through our conservation of energy and water. Read more about our programs and your role in the fight by navigating to our drop down list under our Service tab for specific details and eligibility.

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